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To stop the virus, save lives and get Americans back to work, we need millions of citizens and government leaders to embrace No Labels politics of problem solving. Tune in to Gridlock Break every week to hear the most insightful, nonpartisan and critically important discussions on the coronavirus crisis between elected leaders, public health and economic experts.

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Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Discusses the Impact of COVID-19 and Racial Turmoil in America
00:46:44

Lonnie Bunch III is a historian and curator who now serves as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He was previously the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Today, he will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Smithsonian Institution and the current racial turmoil in America.

Secretary Bunch is hopeful that this could be a moment of possibility, not unlike other times of unrest that have pushed the country forward. For perhaps the first time, a diverse array of people are acknowledging racism as a universal problem, not just a black problem. But as a historian, he is worried about the effort to completely disregard the contributions of consequential figures like President Woodrow Wilson, who also embraced racist beliefs in their time.  

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Aug 07, 2020
Political Consultant Frank Luntz Discusses Social Unrest, The Economy, and COVID-19
01:01:51

Frank Luntz is an American political and communications consultant, pollster, and pundit and the author of Words That Work. His well-known focus groups often highlight the importance of language in shaping public opinion and policy. Today, he will discuss the social unrest in America, the economy, the COVID-19 pandemic and the disappointing leadership coming from both political parties at the moment.

Frank Luntz notes a few unprecedented developments in public opinion. Racial equality protests are broadly supported across racial groups in a way they never were in the past. And the medical profession has approval ratings in the 70s, making it one of the few institutions seen positively at the moment. Before this crisis, President Trump was receiving high marks from the public on the economy, but now that has collapsed along with his overall approval rating.  

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Aug 05, 2020
Oscar Munoz, Executive Chairman of United Airlines, Discusses the Future of Travel
01:05:28

Oscar Munoz is the executive chairman of United Airlines, having previously served as CEO from 2015 to 2019. Today, he will discuss how United and the airline industry have navigated the economic and health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and what to expect from the industry moving forward. 

Oscar Munoz says airlines were the first industry to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic because of the global nature of both the disease and the industry. However, he proudly notes the efforts of the United family to transport personal protective equipment and medical professionals around the world during this crisis. Shockingly, the industry is operating at roughly 10% of what it should be at this time of year and Munoz does not expect a sustained turnaround for the industry until a vaccine is available. 

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Aug 03, 2020
The Mayor's Perspective: Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City and Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills, MI
00:56:08

David Holt became mayor of Oklahoma City in 2018, voted in with 78% of the vote. Before taking office, he served in the Oklahoma State Senate for eight years. And Bryan Barnett has served as mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan since 2006. He also serves as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Today, they will discuss the challenges of serving as mayors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Holt explains that Oklahoma City began to experience COVID-19 rather late in comparison to other cities and states, and that allowed for a faster and stricter response early on that explains their lower case numbers. Mayor Barnett laments the reality that whether you wear a mask or not seems to be an advertisement for your political allegiances. Both he and Mayor Holt claim that politics at the local level does not have the same partisanship and they wish that attiude was more often embraced in DC.

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Jul 31, 2020
Alan Dershowitz Discusses His Beliefs on Attacks on Free Expression
00:53:32

Alan Dershowitz is a lawyer and a scholar of constitutional and criminal law.  At the age of 28, he became the youngest person awarded a full professorship at Harvard when he began teaching at Harvard Law School. He retired in 2013 after almost 50 years. He has also been part of a number of high-profile cases, including those involving OJ Simpson and Harvey Weinstein, and Donald Trump’s impeachment. Today, he discusses what he believes to be dangerous attacks on free expression nationwide.

Alan Dershowitz discusses the recent Op-Ed in the New York Times by Senator Tom Cotton that led to the resignations of two of the paper’s editors. He notes the trend among media outlets of banning commentators or authors who might have controversial opinions. He sees a similar trend in universities. He goes on to note the dangers of the seeming elimination of free speech and due process that continue to go uninvestigated by the media.  

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Jul 29, 2020
Vice President Dan Quayle Answers Questions About Making Progress Through Bipartisanship
00:57:13

Dan Quayle was elected to represent Indiana in Congress in 1976 and in the Senate in 1980. In 1988, he ran as George H.W. Bush’s running mate, and served as vice president until 1993. Since 1999, he has been Chairman of Global Investments at the private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management. Today, he will discuss the bipartisanship on which he relied while in office, his foreign policy concerns in a post-COVID world, and the alienation in politics today.

Vice President Quayle is concerned by the decline of globalism and the tension growing in the relationship between the US and China. As the world becomes increasingly nationalistic, he thinks the competition between the two countries will also increase. In a similar vein, he expresses a concern about the division that has become normalized in politics, both between the two parties as well as between the executive and legislative branches.

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Jul 27, 2020
Senator Joe Lieberman on the Importance of Compromise and Bipartisanship
00:59:11

Joe Lieberman represented Connecticut in the Senate from 1989 to 2013. In 2000, he ran as Al Gore’s Vice Presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket. Now, he serves as the national chairman of No Labels. Today, he will discuss the critical importance of bipartisanship at this moment in American history.

Senator Lieberman emphasizes the importance of compromise in U.S. history, beginning with the Constitutional Convention and the famed Connecticut Compromise which created the US House and Senate. It’s a lesson that both he and No Labels believe our leaders urgently need to relearn today.

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Jul 24, 2020
Richard Epstein Evaluates the Government's Response to COVID-19
00:56:02

Richard Epstein is the Inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor at NYU School of Law. He has served as the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. His newest book, The Dubious Morality of the Modern Administrative State, was published by the Manhattan Institute in November 2019. Today, he will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and the questionable assumptions that have been drawn from many COVID-19 models.

Professor Epstein believes Americans have largely been given a false choise between either entirely shutting down our economy or letting COVID-19 run rampant through the population. He believes there is a much wider array of outcomes depdendent on variables we don’t yet fully understand. But overall, he believes the country should have a bias toward trying to safely reopen as fast as possible.

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Jul 22, 2020
Founder of BET, Robert Johnson, Discusses the Future of America and Economic Equality
01:03:16

Robert Johnson co-founded Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 1979, which became the  first black-owned company on the New York Stock Exchange. He also founded RLJ Companies, a holding company that invests in a number of different sectors. Today, he will discuss the current racial unrest, the future for black Americans, and the economic impact of COVID-19 on the black community.

Robert Johnson contends that the killing of George Floyd and police brutality will shape the attitude of black Americans towards this country for some time to come, specifically their place in either political party. He also notes that businesses run by black Americans often hover on the edge of financial failure and he believes minority owned businesses need a lot more help than they have been getting from the federal government.

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Jul 20, 2020
MLB Managers Dave Roberts and Bruce Bochy on the Future of Baseball
01:02:59

Bruce Bochy won three World Series titles between 2010 and 2014 as manager for the San Francisco Giants. And Dave “Doc” Roberts is the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has led the team to win the National League West every year since he took over the position in 2015. Today, they will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic and the heated debate over racial justice have affected major league sports, specifically baseball. 

Well it looks like the shortened 2020 baseball season will be more of a sprint than the usual 162 game marathon. It took a lot of contentious negotiations between players and owners to even get to this point and Dave Roberts saw parallels between the polarized debates in Washington. Both Roberts and Bochy are world-class managers but suddenly they need to manage a lot more than baseball, including a new discussion around racial justice that will require a lot of listening and understanding. 

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Jul 17, 2020
Harold Kim Discusses Liability Concerns Emerging Around COVID-19
00:41:37

Harold Kim is the president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Before assuming the role, he served as Executive Vice President of the Institute and was also special assistant to the President in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs under President George W. Bush. Today, he will discuss the liability concerns emerging amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harold Kim says he is hearing concerns about COVID-19 liability from so many different sectors, with specific worries about medical claims, exposure claims, product liability, and securities litigation. He think it is essential to our economy for Washington to set clear national standards about the responsibilities of businesses to protect workers and customers and the conditions under which people have a right to sue. 

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Jul 15, 2020
PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan Discusses How the PGA is Navigating COVID-19 and Debates Over Racial Justice
00:57:01

Jay Monahan became the fourth commissioner of the PGA Tour in January of 2017 and has worked for the Tour since 2008. Today, he explains the history of the PGA Tour, how it is navigating the COVID-crisis and debates over racial justice, and how it plans to safely get players back out on the slinks. 

COVID-19 has impacted sports in so many ways and the PGA Tour is no exception. It had to cancel over 14 events this spring and now even as the sport returns, it will be under very different conditions. The current plan is to return without fans for an extended period of time, and with intensive testing and precautions for players. Instead of the usual crowd of 30,000 to 70,000 at an event, upcoming events could now garner crowds of just professional players and crews of only 800. This is the new world of sports in 2020. 

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Jul 13, 2020
John Kasich Discusses the Importance of Bipartisanship During COVID-19 and Beyond
01:02:26

John Kasich served as governor of Ohio from 2011 to 2019 after having served nine terms in the US House of Representatives. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in both 2000 and 2016. Since he left office, he has joined CNN as a contributor. Today, he will discuss the bipartisan work he is doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and his frustration about the lack of national political leadership. 

Governor Kasich describes the COVID-19 pandemic as a black swan event and he thinks it requires us to look at the fragile nature of our most complex systems like health, transportation and commerce. He also stresses the need for budgetary restructuring of the federal government, as he sees our debt, climate change and mental health being the three most critical challenges facing America in the years ahead. 

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Jul 10, 2020
Janet Napolitano Discusses the Responses to COVID-19 by Local Governments and the Federal Government
00:50:34

Janet Napolitano served as governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, and then as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 in the Obama Administration. Since 2013, she has served as president of the University of California system, the first woman to hold that role. Today, she will discuss the various responses to the COVID-19 crisis from state governments, from federal agencies, and from university systems. 

Governor Napolitano can see the current national health crisis from a number of perspectives: as a former state leader, as a national security expert, and as a university system president. In moving forward, she believes it is vital to clarify the roles of different federal government agencies and their relationships to one another. She also stresses the importance of maintaining state government rights, as she says the president simply does not have the authority to mandate all state responses to the crisis.

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Jul 08, 2020
Lawrence Summers Discusses Economic Trends in the COVID-19 Era
00:55:58

Lawrence Summers previously served as Chief Economist of the World Bank, Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, and director of the National Economic Council in the Obama Administration. He also served as president of Harvard University, where he is now a professor. Today, he discusses economic trends in the COVID-19 era.

You just heard Lawrence Summers talk about how so many economic trends have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He sees our chief economic problem as excessive savings that have a difficulty being absorbed except at inflated prices. And he sees a major change ahead for the economy as both individuals and companies focus more on resilience of systems and supply chains, rather than just efficiency.  

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Jul 06, 2020
German Ambassador Emily Haber Discusses the German Experience Fighting COVID-19
00:54:44

Ambassador Emily Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018. Prior to her transfer to Washington, DC, she served in various leadership functions at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary, the first woman to hold either post. Today, she will discuss the German government’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and what they are doing to protect their citizens and economy. 

Ambassador Haber explains that Germany did have a head start on testing and fortifying its hospital infrastructure, and additionally had a pandemic plan in place. As a consequence, the country only had to close those businesses that were client facing. But Germany is staying vigilant because the decisions made by other European countries will inevitably affect the course of the virus in Germany in the months ahead. 

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Jul 03, 2020
Chief Gary Ludwig Discusses COVID-19's Impact on Frontline Workers
00:46:04

Chief Gary Ludwig has managed two metropolitan EMS systems (Memphis and St. Louis), and has pioneered many concepts which are now standard practice in fire and EMS systems nationwide. He currently serves as the fire chief of Champaign, Illinois and is President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Today, he will discuss the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline workers, in particular, on firefighters. 

Firefighters are the largest provider of emergency medical services in the country. Throughout this pandemic, they have been treating and transporting COVID-19 patients with extreme levels of exposure. Over 50 firefighters have died as a result of having contracted COVID-19 on the job. Chief Ludwig notes that the economic fallout from the virus is hitting fire departments hard, and there could be as many as 30,000 firefighter layoffs unless Congress steps up to support local governments soon.

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Jul 01, 2020
Dr. James Canton, Global Futurist and Social Scientist, on Global Trends
00:52:14

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist and author, who has advised three White House Administrations and over 100 companies. As a former Apple Computer executive and high tech entrepreneur, he is a longtime forecaster of the key trends and technologies that have shaped our world. Dr. Canton is CEO and Chairman of the Institute for Global Futures and today, he’ll discuss what comes next for technology in the post-pandemic era. 

Dr. Canton is confident that the US can have an economic renaissance in the post-COVID era driven by new technology. But to seize that promise, he says we will need to: embrace entirely virtual organizations; rebuild the trust of the general public, rethink a biosecurity future plan; and develop new approaches to employee health and wellness. He also cautions that any of these priorities could threaten our privacy, so it will be essential to develop approaches that protect our freedoms.

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Jun 29, 2020
Former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta
00:49:24

Michael Huerta was the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration from 2013-2018. He also held senior positions in the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. Today, he will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel industry, specifically air travel, and what consequences and safety measures we can expect to see in the future. 

Flights are down over 60% and passengers are down 90%. And we are not likely to see a rapid rebound. For companies facing economic downturn, travel is often one of the first things cut and one of the last things to return. The same can be said for families whose finances have been affected. According to Michael Huerta, public confidence in the safety of air travel will not be restored until there is a vaccine.

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Jun 26, 2020
Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Discusses the State of Affordable Housing in America
01:01:11

Jonathan Reckford has been the CEO of Habitat for Humanity since 2005. Before that, he served as an executive at Circuit City and the Walt Disney Company, as well as an executive pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in  Minnesota. Under his leadership, Habitat for Humanity has grown from serving 25,000 families per year to serving over 300,000. Today, he will discuss worldwide housing issues amid this generational health and economic crisis. 

Jonathan Reckford believes affordable housing has often been a forgotten social need that the COVID-19 crisis has made even more urgent. Without space, internet, food delivery, and the ability to socially distance and shelter in place, many low-income families find it almost impossible to stay safe. Reckford believes it is time for a national commitment to solve this problem. 

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Jun 22, 2020
Representative Emanuel Cleaver Discusses How America Can Address Racial Inequality
00:37:17
Jun 19, 2020
Immunologist Dr. Janelle Ayres Discusses Using the Body's Defense Systems to Fight COVID-19
00:56:48

Dr. Janelle Ayres is a globally-recognized immunologist at the Salk Institute. Today, she will discuss her work to harness the body’s natural defenses to survive diseases, the metabolic functions that differ between patients who survive diseases and patients who do not, and how that work connects with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

People have so many questions about the possibility and the timeline of a COVID-19 vaccine and you just heard Dr. Janelle Ayres answer some of the most pressing ones: Can we create a vaccine to trigger an antibody response?; Is safety being compromised in an effort to speed up vaccine production?; and Can vaccine manufacturing be scaled up in time to offer it to the general public this year?

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Jun 17, 2020
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Glen Weyl Discuss their Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience
01:01:07

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America, and a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Glen Weyl is a political economist and social technologist whose work focuses on harnessing computers and markets to create a radically equal and cooperative society. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Radical x Change Foundation, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a lecturer at Princeton University. Today, Slaughter and Weyl will discuss the recently released Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience, published by Harvard’s Edmond. J Safra Center for Ethics. 

You just heard Anne-Marie Slaughter and Glen Weyl describe the Safra Center’s promotion of a TTSI approach - Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation. They believe that the only way to successfully contain COVID-19 is to ramp up testing, increase contact tracing and isolate those who have been exposed or infected. Although this will need to be done in a way that respects civil liberties, this is our best shot to save lives until a vaccine is available. 

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Jun 15, 2020
Mark Penn Discusses the Results of the May 2020 Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll
00:50:58

For decades, Mark Penn has been one of America’s foremost experts on measuring and shaping public opinion. He is the founder of The Stagwell Group, a private equity fund, who previously held senior executive roles with Microsoft and WPP. He also led or served as a senior advisor on campaigns of President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Today, he takes the pulse of America amid the historic COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mark Penn runs through recent polling on a number of questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as questions related to the upcoming election. In discussing the latter, he notes President Trump had been slowly improving his job approval rating for 11 months. But that approval has started to dip amid the COVID-19 crisis and the aftermath of the tragic George Floyd killing. President Trump is seen as increasingly partisan and Joe Biden’s approval is on the rise. 

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Jun 12, 2020
Jeff Currie of Goldman Sachs Discusses the Energy Markets and what can be Learned from the Reopening of China’s Economy
00:51:16

Dr. Jeff Currie is global head of Commodities Research at Goldman Sachs, where he has held various positions since 1996. His research helps the firm and its clients with corporate risk management programs, short and long- term commodity investment strategies and asset allocation. Today, he will discuss the energy markets, recent trends in the oil industry, what can be learned from the reopening of China’s economy, and developments that have arisen from the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Dr. Currie explains how the recent pandemic has caused a drop in oil prices ten times larger than the drop experienced during the 2008 recession, and for understandable reasons. Oil enables globalization and facilitates social contact, two things this pandemic has inhibited the most. Dr. Currie believes the industrial need for oil will return as economies reopen, as will the need for oil to enable commuting, but jet oil needs will likely diminish as businesses realize the convenience afforded by video conferencing.

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Jun 08, 2020
Mark Cuban Discusses the Need for Leadership and Understanding
01:03:05

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, television personality and investor. He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, and one of the main “shark” investors on ABC’s Shark Tank. Today, he’ll discuss the kind of leadership he thinks we need, both in government and business, to get us through this national and international crisis. 

Mark Cuban explains that, right now, we find ourselves in the midst of two pandemics: a viral one and a social one. At a moment like this, he says people who lead businesses need one thing above all from government leaders: certainty. However, he says that is nowhere to be found. So he says he feels a responsibility to take on a broader leadership role not just across his businesses but across society. 

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Jun 05, 2020
Dr. David Skorton discusses the effect of this pandemic on healthcare enterprises throughout the country
00:45:52

Dr. David J. Skorton is president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a not-for-profit institution that represents the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. Dr. Skorton previously served as the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and the president of the University of Iowa and Cornell University. Today, he discusses the effect of this pandemic on healthcare enterprises throughout the country, and what he thinks it will take for society to return to normal.

Dr. Skorton talks about how hospitals were blindsided by a disease we still do not fully understand. And until recently, there was no agreed upon treatment plan for patients sick with COVID-19. But Dr. Skorton is optimistic about the timeline for future testing and treatment, including new antiviral medicines, antigen tests that could allow for results in as few as 15 minutes, and a vaccine that could conceivably be available to the public as early as this January. 

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Jun 03, 2020
Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
00:50:08

Dr. Richard Besser is the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the United States' largest philanthropy focused solely on health and health care. Besser is the former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor. He was recently named to a multi-state council by Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey aimed at restoring the regional economy. Today, he discusses what his foundation is doing throughout this pandemic and how his experience developing emergency response preparedness at CDC has influenced his response now. 

As Dr. Besser explains, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been working for 50 years to improve the life expectancies and health of low income Americans. But now, they’ve pivoted to providing more short term aid to just get people through this crisis. While regional shutdowns and social distancing are necessary, Dr. Besser says the burden of these policies is hitting low income people the hardest. He says it is time for government at every level to take a more tailored approach to help those most impacted by this crisis. 

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Jun 01, 2020
John Barry, Author of The Great Influenza, Discusses Similarities and Differences Between Coronavirus and the 1918 Pandemic
01:00:15

John Barry is the author of the 2004 book The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, a comprehensive study of the 1918 Influenza pandemic, which has gained a resurgence in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. He has authored two recent OpEds in The New York Times in which he compares the subject of his book with our current health crisis, and enumerates some of the lessons we can learn from that outbreak and apply to our handling of COVID-19, which he discusses today. 

Mr. Barry is hesitant to equate the 1918 pandemic with our current outbreak, as the differences are important when comparing how the diseases progress. For one, the overwhelming number of victims of the influenza of 1918 were between the ages of 20 and 40, while a majority of those affected by COVID-19 have been over 65. Additionally, COVID is thought to be much more transmissible than influenza was, but not as deadly. Mr. Barry stresses, though, that two lessons can be learned from the first pandemic: that social distancing does, and clear has, worked. And that honesty and transparency from the federal government are vital, a factor he notes, that has not been valued in the current situation. 

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May 29, 2020
Scientists to Stop COVID-19
01:03:27

Today, we are joined by a panel of leading medical professionals who recently formed the group Scientists to Stop Covid 19:

Doctors David Liu, Michael Rosbash,Stuart Schreiber, Ramnik Xavier and Edward Skolnick  come from different disciplines and research areas, but have united behind this effort to help policymakers develop a comprehensive and science based approach to stop this virus.  

Today, they will discuss promising treatments for COVID-19, including Remdesivir and various Monoclonal antibodies, as well as the timeline for a possible vaccine. 

The Scientists to Stop COVID-19 discuss both the promise and the pitfalls of various treatment options. Remdesivir, originally developed to treat Ebola, has been used with some success to combat COVID-19, but requires 5-10 days of IV administration, making it inaccessible for those at home. That’s partly why these scientists see more promise in monoclonal antibodies, which use the body’s own immune system to block the virus’s ability to regenerate in the body. Finally, of course, there is the vaccine route and these scientists see potential for a vaccine to be available by the end of the year.

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May 27, 2020
Secretary Tom Vilsack Discusses the Impact of Covid-19 on Agriculture, Farmers, and Rural Economies
01:01:22

Tom Vilsack was the governor of Iowa from 1999 until 2007 before serving as President Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture. Since 2017, he has served as the president and CEO of the US Dairy Export Council, a trade group representing the interest of US dairy producers. Today, he discusses the unique impact the pandemic is having on agriculture, farmers, and rural economies. 

US agriculture has been hit hard by this virus. As Secretary Vilsack explains, school closures have decreased the demand for milk. Restaurant closures have hit demand for produce and meat. Secretary Vilsack suggests two courses of action moving forward: first, we must determine a way for those who have lost their jobs to purchase more through additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. And second, we need to improve the disconnect between the demand of food banks and the supply of retailers. To do this, financial incentives should be given to farmers to donate rather than dump produce. 

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May 25, 2020
Dr. Campbell Harvey on the Future of the Economy and the Recovery
00:46:32

Campbell R. Harvey is a professor of finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as President of the American Finance Association in 2016. Today, he discusses the most pressing economic decisions facing America in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, what we can learn from the responses of other countries, and how his original forecasts have changed as the crisis has progressed. 

This crisis allows us to see the future through the experiences of countries that were hit before the United States - like China, South Korea, and Sweden - and to consider their approaches in determining our own. According to Dr. Harvey, different parts of the country will have to draw different lessons from abroad that cater to individual demographics, densities, ages, and risk levels. He also explains that while his original economic forecast for the rest of the year was bleak, he thinks the public’s lockdown fatigue may encourage economic growth to pick up more quickly. He also thinks more good news on creating a vaccine could really accelerate that growth. 

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May 22, 2020
Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, on the Impact of Infrastructure after COVID-19
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Dan Doctoroff was deputy mayor of New York City for Economic Development and Rebuilding under Michael Bloomberg, taking office right after 9/11. After that, he was the CEO and President of Bloomberg LP, the leading provider of news to the global financial community. He is now the CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he founded in partnership with Google that develops products, services and platforms to help make cities become more efficient. He recently wrote an OpEd in The New York Times about the path to recovery in New York City, which he discusses today. 

As you heard Dan Doctoroff explain, New York City had to transform after 9/11. But he believes we need a much bigger transformation in the wake of this pandemic. Even as cities develop new technologies and processes to improve hygiene and preparadness, Doctoroff thinks we wil need even more innovation to make cities more sustainable, affordable and livable. 

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May 20, 2020
Clinical Professor Richard Berner Discusses the Economic Effects of the Virus and Washington's Response
00:43:29

Richard Berner is a Clinical Professor of Management Practice at the NYU Stern School of Business. He was a counselor to the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 2011 to 2013, before becoming the first director of the department’s Office of Financial Research. Today, he’ll discuss the effects of the current crisis on the economy and his perspective on Washington’s response. 

As Dr. Berner explains, the path of economic recovery is entirely dependent on containing coronavirus, which itself is dependent on the development of a vaccine. Until a vaccine comes along, Dr. Berner thinks the public will be cautious with their spending. In the meantime, he thinks government needs to step up with more impactful stimulus as he believes the Federal Reserve can only do so much. 

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May 15, 2020
Philip K. Howard of Common Good Discusses How to Overhaul the Way Government Works
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Phil Howard is the founder and CEO of Common Good, a nonpartisan reform coalition with the goal of restoring the freedom of officials and citizens to use common sense. He is a noted commentator on the effects of modern law and bureaucracy on human behavior and the workings of society, and he recently authored an OpEd in The Hill calling for an independent, bipartisan commission tasked with decisions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, which he discusses today. 

Mr. Howard argues that the spread of COVID-19 could have been prevented, or at least curbed, had restrictions not hindered necessary research and precautions. He firmly believes that what we need is an authority mechanism that won’t prevent the country from getting back up and running and that will cut through the red tape. If each restaurant needs to be inspected before reopening, for example, the path to reopen the economy will be much slower. We need to use this crisis, he explains, to reinvent how the government operates and how it responds to crises. 

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May 13, 2020
Dr. Deepak Srivastava and the Science of Infection, Testing, and Treatment
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Deepak Srivastava is president of Gladstone Institutes. He is also the Younger Family Professor and a senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and director of the Roddenberry Stem Cell Center. At UC San Francisco (UCSF), Srivastava is a professor in the departments of pediatrics and biochemistry and biophysics. Today, he discusses novel approaches to COVID-19 diagnostic testing, treatments, and prevention. Dr. Srivastava dives right into the three key components of the COVID-19 pandemic that will affect how we move forward. He maintains that chief among those components - testing, treatment, and prevention via vaccine - is the improvement needed to diagnostic testing. By moving from the current method of lab testing, which is expensive and tests by amplifying viral genomes, to a test done in real time, we can begin reopening businesses and resuming a sense of normalcy. One possibility he suggests is the work being done by a virologist at the Gladstone Institute using CRISPR technology and enabling a smartphone camera to operate as a microscope, eliminating the need to amplify genomes and send every test to a lab for results. Go to NoLabels.org to learn more about how we are bringing together a bipartisan group of public and private leaders working to stop the virus, save lives and get Americans back to work.
May 11, 2020
Dr. Mickey Levy and Dr. Robert Kaplan Discuss How to Get the Economy Open Again
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Dr. Mickey Levy is chief economist for the Americas and Asia for Berenberg Capital Markets, LLC. He has over 30 years’ experience conducting economic and public policy research and forecasting global and US economic and financial market performance. Dr. Robert Kaplan is an American accounting academic, and Emeritus Professor of Leadership Development at the Harvard Business School. Today, they discuss their recent OpEd in the Wall Street Journal, “How to Get America Working Again,” and what methods the federal and state governments should employ to reopen the economy. When considering reopening the economy, two overarching considerations need to be taken into account: regional differences and industry needs. Different regions have different levels of exposure to COVID-19, different access to rapid testing, and different availability to trained healthcare professionals. Industries also differ in terms of their age distribution, the ability for employees to socially distance while working, and the importance of the sector to the supply chain. Drs. Kaplan and Levy argue that the first step that should be taken by the federal government is ramping up the availability of COVID testing and utilizing contact tracing to get a better sense of who should go back to work. Go to NoLabels.org to learn more about how we are bringing together a bipartisan group of public and private leaders working to stop the virus, save lives and get Americans back to work.
May 08, 2020
The Science Behind COVID-19 with Dr. William Haseltine
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May 06, 2020
Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
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Dr. Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases, and from June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a Science Envoy for Health Security on behalf of the US Department of State. He was awarded a regents professorship in Public Health and is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), at the University of Minnesota. He recently authored an article in The Atlantic in which he described the coming coronavirus winter, which he discusses today.

It had originally been thought that COVID-19 was similar to other coronaviruses like SARS or MERS. However, with those previous pandemics, a patient could most easily transmit the disease five or six days after first showing symptoms, thus allowing medical authorities to isolate them before that time. With COVID-19, patients are most infectious in the earliest stages, often before they even begin to show symptoms. While only about 5% of the population has been infected, it’s likely that the spread will continue until roughly 65% are infected to create herd immunity. Dr. Osterholm claims that key to combating another wave in late summer or early fall is a healthcare system that can handle the surge capacity.

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May 04, 2020
Former FEMA Director, Craig Fugate
00:59:39

Craig Fugate is one of the world’s leading experts in emergency and crisis management, having served as President Obama’s FEMA. During his tenure, he led the agency through more than 500 presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies. He also guided U.S. assistance in international disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the Fukushima nuclear meltodwn in Japan. Today, he discusses the administration’s crisis management of the COVID-19 pandemic, what has been done, and what should be done going forward.

Craig Fugate explains why Pandemics are a fundamentally different beast than other similar disaster like a hurricane. This virus isn’t just hitting one part of the country. It’s hitting everywhere and that’s why Fugate believes Washington play a strong coordinating role and accelerate the work to roll out a massive national testing program.

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May 01, 2020
Governor Jared Polis of Colorado shares his perspective as a Governor managing the COVID-19 Crisis
00:37:07

Governor Jared Polis of Colorado is an entrepreneur, education leader, and public servant. By the time he had turned 30, he’d launched three successful companies, including ProFlowers, one of the world’s leading online flower retailers. He was elected to Congress in 2008, and was elected Governor in 2018. Today, he discusses the efforts being made by his state to curb the effects of COVID-19, how the crisis management systems already in place have needed to adjust to the current crisis, and how Colorado’s two biggest industries, tourism and energy, have been impacted.

Colorado has emergency command centers in place that have been prepared to battle floods and fires, and Governor Polis discusses the additions to those centers - such as public health officials, epidemiologists, etc - that were brought in to battle the unique needs of the COVID-19 crisis. Part of that adaptation includes the acquisition of PPE and COVID tests to prepare to reopen the state with mass testing. He goes on to lament the lack of transparency and available information from the federal government, and the lack of direction from the administration on the reopening of interstate travel and commerce. As he explains, the ideal path forward is one of maximum productivity while maintaining minimum proximity.

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Apr 29, 2020
Dr. Kenneth Davis, President and CEO of Mount Sinai Health System
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Trained in psychiatry and pharmacology, Dr. Kenneth Davis became president and CEO of Mount Sinai Health system in 2003. He is in a unique position to speak about the impact of COVID-19 as many of his nurses and doctors are on the front lines of fighting it in New York. Today, he discusses how his team is managing the pressure, the financial pressure this crisis is putting on hospitals, which treatments are showing early promise in patients and where New York and the nation go from here.

Dr. Davis describes a war-like atmosphere in his hospitals, with beds in hallways and healthcare workers of every specialty, from dermatology to ophthalmology, joining COVID teams. With profitable elective treatments and surgeries cancelled or delated, hospitals like Mount Sinai are losing hundreds of millions of dollars, even as its teams are stretched to the limit. Our frontline health care providers are truly doing heroic work but as Dr. Davis explains, they desperately need more help from government.

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Apr 27, 2020
Paul Romer and Senator Bill Cassidy Discuss the Importance of Testing in Order to Return to Normalcy
00:43:29

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Economist and policy entrepreneur Paul Romer is a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences and University Professor in Economics at NYU. He has spent his career at the intersection of economics, innovation, technology, and urbanization, working to speed up human progress. He discusses, along with Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, how rapidly increasing the use of COVID-19 tests – for both current infections and antibodies – could start us on the slow path back to normalcy. 

Although COVID-19 testing across the U.S. is increasing it still isn’t meeting demand. That’s why Paul Romer believes we need better incentives to get labs to produce them. Because the only way people will feel comfortable going back to work or to a restaurant is if they believe we have a handle on who has this virus and how to contain outbreaks. 

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Apr 24, 2020
Glenn Hubbard Discusses Economic Recovery and the Federal Reserve Response to COVID-19
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On this episode of Gridlock Break, we hear from Glenn Hubbard, the former dean of Columbia Business School and Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. He explains why the current Federal Reserve lending program for businesses hurt by coronavirus may be doomed to fail and makes the case for a massive new infrastructure program to help restore demand across our economy.

The Fed’s focus on minimizing loan losses will prevent many solid small and medium sized businesses from getting the help they need. The good news is the Fed still has time to change course and fix the design of the program. Hubbard also shared some ideas about how smart tax and regulatory policy and infrastructure investment from Washington can help restore confidence as our economy reopens.

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Apr 22, 2020
James Broughel Discusses State and Federal Regulations Related to COVID-19
00:37:37

James Broughel is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and an adjunct professor of law at the Antonin Scalia Law School. He specializes in state and federal regulatory procedures, cost-benefit analysis, and economic growth. Today, he applies that expertise to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as he challenges the regulations that have been put in place for testing and suggests reforms that could bring effective tests to the public faster.

Dr. Broughel points out a huge problem with federal regulation: While agencies typically do extensive analysis before new regulations are implemented, they rarely do the same for regulations already on the books. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Broughel argues that it is critical that existing regulations continue to be scrutinized to better reflect current needs and to expand the ability of healthcare professionals to innovate and serve patients.  

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Apr 20, 2020
Congressman Josh Gottheimer and Congressman Tom Reed Discuss the Government's Response to the Coronavirus Crisis
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On this episode of Gridlock Break, House Problem Solvers Caucus co-chairs Josh Gottheimer and Tom Reed discuss the economic relief measures in the recently passed CARES Act as well as plans for subsequent federal support for businesses and individuals hit by the Coronavirus. They also look ahead for what it will take to reopen the economy and give people the confidence to get back to work. 

Although Washington has already delivered a historic federal response to deal with coronavirus’ economic impact, you just heard from Problem Solvers Caucus co-chairs Reed and Gottheimer how much work there is still to be done. Small businesses – which employ half the population – are in particular need of more help and better, faster access to the lending programs that were included in the CARES Act to enable them to retain their workers.

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Apr 17, 2020
Dr. David Katz Discusses a More Measured Response to Coronavirus
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Dr. David Katz has spent much of his career in an attempt to prevent life-threatening aspects of daily life. He is the founding director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Initiative, the founder and president of True Health Initiative, and the founder and CEO of Diet ID. His March 20, 2020 Op-Ed in the New York Times entitled “Is Our Fight Against Coronavirus Worse Than the Disease?” has begun a discussion in the medical field about the scale of the country’s response to COVID-19. He discusses whether it might have been more prudent to protect the section of our population - those over 65 and those who are immunosuppressed - rather than attempting to protect everyone.

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Apr 14, 2020
Former US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky Discusses COVID-19's Impact on Global Trade
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Apr 10, 2020
Walter Isaacson, Author & Historian
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Apr 07, 2020
Dr. Omar Lateef, CEO of Rush University Medical Center
00:57:29

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Apr 03, 2020
Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Former Commissioner of the FDA
00:32:55

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Apr 01, 2020
Gridlock Break Trailer
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To stop the virus, save lives and get Americans back to work, we need millions of citizens and government leaders to embrace No Labels politics of problem solving. Gridlock Break, a No Labels podcast, brings you in depth and exclusive discussions with the top elected officials, public health, economic and thought-leaders on the frontlines of this battle.

 

Mar 31, 2020