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April 18th, 2019

Listen Smarter with The Venn 

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In this week's playlist you'll find:

1.
The Venn Weekly
A selection of top political podcasts we recommend for enhancing your understanding of the week's news 

2.
The Venn Deep Dive
Three great episodes from the podcast archives exploring our political topic of the week. This week we're focusing on Healthcare: Opioid Crisis

3.
2020
The Democratic 2020 Presidential primaries are around the corner and there are now more candidates than we can count on both hands. This week we look at the impact early polling has on the candidates and their campaigns
 
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THE VENN WEEKLY

This week was tax week and we’ve had money our minds…

MOTHERS: YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL! YEAH...SURE.

Equal Pay Day falls at the start of April every year. A reminder that women in America still make around 80 cents for every dollar earned by men - the number is lower for women of color and Latina women. Yet while we continue to discuss the gender pay gap in terms of women versus men, is the bigger gap the one which exists between moms and everyone else?

In this episode, Bloomberg’s economics reporter discusses the pay penalty faced by working women who choose to have children, and Senator Tammy Duckworth debunks the myths that surround ‘having it all’. With money on our minds following tax day, some food for thought as we consider the power of our pay checks. 


00:25:52

THE MONEY EFFECT

We all know the financial baggage we inherit from our parents impacts the choices we make throughout our lives. But seldom do we discuss how money effects the relationships we have with our friends and family.

In this episode, we hear from two women who grew up at opposite ends of the financial spectrum. While Abigail Disney describes what it was like navigating the dreamland her uncle bestowed upon her and her family, and the corrosive impact she saw it have on her parents, Stacy Abrams discusses what she has learnt through being in debt.

00:43:17

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES... LEARN ABOUT TAXES 

As we head into the 2020 elections, tax policy is going to be front and center. This episode gives a good foundation on the purpose of taxes: raising revenue for government spending, changing behaviour, and redistributing wealth. Sound boring? Maybe, but it’s worth knowing. 

00:16:10

THE VENN DEEP DIVE

This week's topic is Healthcare and we're focusing on America's opioid crisis.

IT STARTED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS...

In 2012, doctors in the U.S. wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers… that's enough to provide every single U.S. adult with 30 days of the drugs. 

So how is it that an epidemic can go on for 20 years; cause hundreds of thousands of fatalities; and begin under Clinton, but remain unaddressed by a U.S. President until Obama’s final year in office? 

These were the questions that led Guardian reporter, Chris McGreal, to delve into the heart of the biggest drug epidemic in modern history: America’s opioid crisis. 

In this episode, McGreal discusses how, as with so many tragedies, it started with good intentions… 

00:17:43

AND THEN THE MARKET WAS FLOODED...

Between 2007 and 2012, 9 million hydrocodone pills were supplied to a town in West Virginia… of 392 people. Was every man, woman and child really consuming 12 pills a day for those five years? Of course they weren’t. 

In this episode we learn about the pharmaceutical distributors who flooded the U.S. market with prescription pills, and what happened when one man tried to stop them: ex-DEA officer, Joe Rannazzisi. 


00:55:48

THE WRONG RESPONSE?

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, leading healthcare attorney, Harry Nelson, received an anxious call from a doctor who had been prescribing the singer drugs. After learning that another of Jackson’s physicians was facing criminal charges for providing the singer with the cocktail of drugs eventually linked to his death, the doctor worried the law would be coming for him next. A few days later he took his own life.

In this episode, Nelson discusses the unintended consequences caused by the DEA’s attempt to tackle America’s opioid epidemic, and the ‘climate of fear’ he thinks has now been instilled in the minds of physicians across the country as a result. 

00:28:19

This rounds up our second deep dive, but stay tuned as we will return to the topic of healthcare in a few week’s time.

2020

The first quarter of 2019 has come to a close and there are now 19 Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates seeking their party's nomination. This week we're looking at the impact of early polling on the candidates and their campaigns.

WHO GETS TO CHOOSE WHO RUNS?

The Democratic field for the presidential nominee is looking increasingly overcrowded. Yet very few Americans are keeping a close watch of the election race at so early a stage. Those who are tend to be of a specific demographic: white and college educated. If we know that candidates rise and fall based on their polling numbers, which fuel campaign donations, and are driven by positive and negative press coverage, should it be a matter for concern that a single interest group may be playing such a key role in winnowing down the candidate field?

In this episode, the FiveThirtyEight team question what effect polling this early has on the candidates and their campaigns, and what we can make of the numbers so far.


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