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Policy Matters


“Policy Matters: Points and Perspectives from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy” aims to help policymakers and citizens alike build a deeper, more balanced understanding of pressing public policy challenges.

The podcast will draw upon the institute’s research on topics such as health care, fiscal policy, U.S.-Mexico relations, energy policy and the Middle East, presenting insights from fellows in brief yet in-depth interviews.

Each week, listeners will hear analysis of a timely and relevant policy issue. Episodes this season include an appraisal of Mexico’s new government with Tony Payan, director of the Baker Institute Mexico Center; an assessment of Houston’s response to Hurricane Harvey a year after the storm with Jim Blackburn, Rice faculty scholar and professor in the practice of environmental law; an examination of the human cost of opioid addiction with Maureen Wittels, founder of the Houston chapter of Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing, featuring special guest host Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy; a discussion of  “Right to Try” Laws with Kirstin R.W. Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy; and an assessment of the Sino-U.S. geopolitical rivalry with Gabriel Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, among other topics. Bonner Means Baker Fellow Joe Barnes serves as host.

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