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The IVY Podcast

Dec 19, 2017

The United States Constitution, a document written nearly 250 years ago, continues to dictate politics in 2017. According to the political scientist, author, and University of Chicago Professor, William Howell — this is a problem.

In his new book, Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why...


Nov 24, 2017

What’s it like to work in the White House as a presidential speechwriter — at the age of 24, no less? That’s what we asked David Litt, who did just that when he entered the White House in 2011, serving as one of President Obama’s speechwriters until 2016. Described as the “comic muse for the president,”...


Sep 28, 2017

“Politics is about doing what your constituents want.”

According to CIA consultant, political scientist, and NYU Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, that’s just how politics works. Bueno de Mesquita has built complex political algorithms based on this principle — developing mathematical analyses that draw on...


Sep 20, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program puts the United States in striking range. The provocation has sent shock waves around the world, drawing fiery rhetoric and doomsday warnings from U.S. President Donald Trump. What is behind Kim Jong-un’s...


Mar 31, 2017

How can we better understand the nuances of U.S. foreign policy in our ever changing world?

From Northern Afghanistan to the halls of the White House, Zalmay Khalilzad has had a front seat view to the tumultuous events of recent times. His steady hand has helped shaped American policy on the international stage, in the...