Category Archives: Podcast

Checking Up on Medicare and Medicaid at 50

Today Medicare and Medicaid turn 50. These landmark programs are the largest sources of health care coverage for millions of older, low-income, and medically needy Americans. Medicare helps provide health care coverage for 54 million aged and disabled individuals, and … Continue reading

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Podcast on Women in Combat

Since September 2001, more than 300,000 women have served in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two years ago, the Department of Defense rescinded previous bans on women in direct combat roles and began studying how to implement this … Continue reading

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Podcast on Insider Threats to DOD Installations

The tragic attacks at Fort Hood in 2009 and the Washington Navy Yard in 2013 drew national attention to insider threats: when people use their authorized access to sites like military bases to do harm.

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Podcast on Unaccompanied Alien Children

Over the last 5 years, the Department of Homeland Security apprehended more than 200,000 unaccompanied alien children, many of whom traveled thousands of miles under dangerous conditions to reach the United States.

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Podcast on Security of Diplomatic Residences

Since the 1998 terrorist bombings in East Africa, U.S. diplomatic personnel abroad have faced increasing threats to their safety and security. The State Department is trying to address such concerns not only at embassies and consulates, but also at diplomatic … Continue reading

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Podcast on Debt Limit Approaches

The debt limit is a cap on the amount of money that the Department of the Treasury can borrow to meet the nation’s financial obligations. Delays in raising this statutory limit can have broad implications for the entire financial system.

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Podcast on 3D Printing

3D printing—or additive manufacturing—has the potential to fundamentally change how goods are produced and distributed across a range of sectors, including medicine, aerospace, and defense.

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Podcast on Americans’ Retirement Security

As baby boomers move into retirement age, their retirement security is getting a lot of attention, due to longer life expectancies, private-sector pension changes, and uncertainty about Social Security’s long-term fiscal condition.

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Podcast on Medicaid Fraud Controls

Through Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of doctors and other health care professionals provide care to tens of millions of beneficiaries—at a cost of $310 billion to the federal government in fiscal year 2014. To help ensure only legitimate providers and … Continue reading

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Air France 447, Malaysia Airlines 370 and Developments in Aircraft Tracking and Flight Data Recovery

Six years ago, Air France Flight 447 (AF447) crashed into the Atlantic between Brazil and Senegal, and it took almost 2 years to retrieve the plane’s black box with the flight data. More recently, investigators found no trace of Malaysia … Continue reading

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