The Current

The Brookings Institution

  • 21 minutes 10 seconds
    What the Trump hush money trial verdict means for politics and the rule of law

    On May 30, former president Donald Trump was found guilty by a Manhattan jury of 34 felony counts of falsification of business records in the first degree. The case revolved around payments made before the 2016 presidential election to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, in exchange for her silence about her allegation of an affair she had with Mr. Trump a few years prior. To talk about what the trial verdict suggests for governance, politics, and the rule of law, Norm Eisen, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and chair of the Anti-Corruption, Democracy and Security Project, joins The Current.

    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/what-the-trump-hush-money-trial-verdict-means-for-politics-and-the-rule-of-law/

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    4 June 2024, 9:29 pm
  • 23 minutes 42 seconds
    The dynamics of the Russia-China partnership

    Following President Putin's visit to Beijing, Angela Stent and Yun Sun examine Russian and Chinese cooperation over the last two years, how China benefits from the relationship, what to watch for as their economic, military, and diplomatic relations continue to evolve.

    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/the-dynamics-of-the-russia-china-partnership 

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    22 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 14 minutes 8 seconds
    Cities need more housing. ADUs can help.

    Cities and states have a variety of policy options to help combat high housing costs. Brookings Metro Senior Fellow Jenny Schuetz and Gary Geiler, assistant director of San Diego’s Development Services Department, discuss how accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be part of cities' toolkits for adding affordable housing.

    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/cities-need-more-housing-adus-can-help

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    13 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 19 minutes 51 seconds
    Do US voters care about America's role in the world?

    Brookings scholar Constanze Stelzenmüller, director of the Center on the United States in Europe and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, talks about whether foreign policy issues matter to U.S. voters, and also what's at stake for the world in the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

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    3 May 2024, 5:37 pm
  • 21 minutes 33 seconds
    How a divided House passed critical foreign aid bills

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed four bi-partisan bills in a $95 billion foreign aid package with monies going to aid Ukraine, to the Indo-Pacific region to counter China, to offensive and defensive weapons to Israel, and to humanitarian aid for Gaza and elsewhere. Molly Reynolds, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings, joins The Current to talk about how these bills were passed in a deeply divided House of Representatives and the potential risk to Rep. Mike Johnson's speakership.

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    22 April 2024, 6:11 pm
  • 15 minutes 46 seconds
    Economic impact of the Baltimore bridge collapse

    The recent collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore after being struck by a container ship is both a human tragedy and an economic disaster. Six construction workers doing repair work on the bridge lost their lives when it plunged into the cold Patapsco River. The wreckage of the bridge now sits in the channel that connects Baltimore Harbor to the Chesapeake Bay, effectively closing the Port of Baltimore. Joe Kane, a fellow in Brookings Metro, talks about the economic impacts of the disaster and prospects for rebuilding the bridge.

    28 March 2024, 4:42 pm
  • 15 minutes 34 seconds
    What a strong economy can and can't fix

    The U.S. has recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic's economic disruption with a strong economy, but a strong economy alone doesn't address all the challenges Americans face. As part of the Brookings Election '24 initiative, Wendy Edelberg talks about where the economy is doing better - increasing wages, decreasing inflation - and other areas where social policies can step in to fill the gaps on housing, child poverty, and more.

    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/what-a-strong-economy-can-and-cant-fix 

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    27 March 2024, 3:47 pm
  • 22 minutes 12 seconds
    Fighting corruption's threat to democracy

    The third Summit for Democracy takes place March 18 to 20, in Seoul, South Korea. The theme of the summit is democracy for future generations. To talk about the summit’s critical importance and the role of anti-corruption work in the support of democracy, Ambassador Norm Eisen joins The Current. Eisen is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and chair of the Anti-corruption, Democracy, and Security Project.

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    14 March 2024, 7:52 pm
  • 13 minutes 43 seconds
    Is Russia winning in Ukraine?

    "Russia has failed in its biggest goals, but those failures may be reversed. Ukraine's successes are not guaranteed to endure, and at the moment, momentum seems to be shifting at least modestly in Russia's favor."

    Two years after Russia's full-scale military invasion of Ukraine, Michael O'Hanlon takes stock of where the war stands and what happens if the U.S. House of Representatives fails to authorize additional financial and military aid. 

    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/is-russia-winning-in-ukraine/

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    23 February 2024, 11:00 am
  • 15 minutes 17 seconds
    What to know about Pakistan’s turbulent national elections

    This week, Pakistan holds national elections. Voters in the world's fifth most populous nation go to the polls to elect representatives to Pakistan's parliament, and from that, the next prime minister. To talk about what's at stake for Pakistan, the turmoil surrounding some of the major candidates, and what the outcome could mean for the region and the world, Madiha Afzal, a fellow in Foreign Policy, the Center for Middle East Policy, and the Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology at Brookings, joins The Current.

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    6 February 2024, 5:30 am
  • 8 minutes 42 seconds
    Meet Cecilia Rouse, new Brookings president

    For the first episode of 2024, the new president of Brookings, Cecilia Rouse, sits down with The Current to share her thoughts on priorities facing the nation today and how Brookings can provide sound research to inform policy to improve the lives of those across America.

    Show notes and transcript: https://www.brookings.edu/articles/meet-cecilia-rouse-new-brookings-president 

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    26 January 2024, 2:00 pm
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