Episodes

  • S2 Episode 1: Can Government Really Change? One thing remains constant in our political discourse: talk of how much we need to change. Every four years, candidates for office make their pitch to voters, including a laundry list of things they promise to change once elected. In this episode of Ways & Means, Dan Ariely, James. B Duke Professor of Psychology and ...
  • Episode 5: The Extraordinary Search for Ordinary Politicians On this episode of Ways & Means, we explore one of the most vexing issues in politics – how to get more ordinary people to run for office. We attend a school for wanna-be politicians, and follow teacher Jeremy Hachen as he launches a bid for state office. Also: Nick Carnes, assistant professor at the Sanford ...
  • Episode 4: Sugar Fix In this episode of Ways & Means: How yesterday’s war on tobacco is shaping today’s war on sugar. Public health advocates are waging battle against added sugar in our foods. And they’re taking pointers from another public health battle: the campaign against tobacco. New evidence suggests sugar, like tobacco, is addictive and harmful to long-term health. Kelly ...
  • Episode 3: Women in Politics, A Shout or a Whisper? On this episode of Ways & Means we look at how women gained a political voice in the U.S. and then – surprisingly – in some ways lost it. Guests include Pat Schroeder. Pat spent 24 years in the U.S. House.  Also, Duke Sanford Associate Professor Kristin Goss says women in the 1950s in some ...
  • Episode 2: A Beautiful Death What do seniors really want when they’re dying? Asking them, and listening carefully to what they say, could lead – surprisingly – to cost-savings for big government systems like Medicare. Guests include a Duke health policy expert, Donald H. Taylor, who asked terminally ill people: what if you had to choose between last-ditch therapies and ...
  • Episode 1: Pants on Fire On this episode of Ways & Means we hear from the Daily Show’s resident fact-checker Adam Chodikoff. Also, Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Adair tells us about a new movement of reporters going to great lengths to ensure we the people know the truth — especially when it comes to politics. We’ve got Republicans, Democrats and ...