Bush School Uncorked

Bush School Uncorked is a podcast series hosted by the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. Current faculty, Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. Justin Bullock, host conversations with scholars and experts from the Bush School and elsewhere.


Local Governments as Policy Innovators

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, Professors Ann Bowman and Rob Greer, along with Deputy City Manager of Bryan, Texas, Mr. Hugh Walker, sit to discuss the dynamics of local government. Join us as our panel converses on topics such as municipal economic development, intergovernmental relationships, and local strategic planning. It's worth the listen!

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Nonprofits and Improving Society

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host Justin Bullock sits with Dr. Will Brown, a Bush School professor and Director of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Additionally, we are joined by Alison Prince of United Way, AJ Renold of Voices for Children, and Theresa Mangapora of the Brazos Valley Food Bank. Sit with us as we discuss the role of nonprofits in society and, specifically, how these nonprofit experts operate on a daily basis.

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U.S. Grand Strategy in the Trump Era

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock sit with Dr. John Schuessler to discuss grand strategy and concepts related to its meaning and historical significance within the United States. "U.S. Grand Strategy in the Trump Era" is specifically a dialogue on how President Trump has approached international relationships and how those interactions can impact policy on a global level. Academic, yet fun, this episode is a conversation that is worth the listen.

Bush School Uncorked: U.S. Grand Strategy in the Trump Era (SoundCloud)
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Improving Governance Outcomes in Texas with Dr. Deborah Kerr & Dr. Lori Taylor

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock sit with Dr. Deborah Kerr and Dr. Lori Taylor to discuss HB 3, an education bill that passed with unanimous votes across the Texas legislature. Titled “Improving Governance Outcomes in Texas,” this conversation focuses on the mechanics of HB 3, along with the contextual factors that were considered for its implementation. Recorded live on September 10th at Downtown Uncorked in Bryan, Texas, this episode is the first of many for this semester!

Bush School Uncorked: Improving Governance Outcomes in Texas with Dr. Deborah Kerr & Dr. Lori Taylor (SoundCloud)
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Bush School Uncorked: Hot Takes: Summer 2019

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock discuss political events from the summer and breaking news around a presidential impeachment inquiry. Recorded live on September 24th at Downtown Uncorked in Historic Downtown Bryan, Texas, “Hot Takes: Summer 2019” covers topics from presidential impeachment inquiries to conflicts in the Middle East and protests in Hong Kong. With a blend of expertise from both of our hosts, this episode is definitely worth the listen! Enjoy!

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Get to Know Your Hosts!

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock explain more about themselves and the podcast. Follow us on any of our social media platforms as well!
Facebook: Bush School Uncorked
Instragram: @bushschooluncorked
Twitter: @BushUncorked

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Bush School Uncorked: On Women, Peace & Security with Dr. Valerie Hudson

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock chat with Dr. Valerie Hudson, a prominent scholar of international affairs and gender issues and director of the Bush School’s Program on Women, Peace, and Security. Dr. Hudson fleshes out her major research projects and key findings of the nation-by-nation database on the status of women ( http://womanstats.org), that has triggered both academic and policy interest since its inception.

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Bush School Uncorked: On Artificial Intelligence with Elizabeth Cobbs

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, recorded in front of a live audience at Downtown Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock chat with Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs about the rise of artificial intelligence, automation and its impact on the nature of work and the workplace itself.

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Bush School Uncorked: Violent Rebellion & International Politics with Reyko Huang

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, recorded at Downtown Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock chat with Professor Reyko Huang, who is a long-time researcher of civil wars and political violence about the very nature of violent rebellion, rebel governance, and diplomacy.

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Bush School Uncorked: Trade, Economics and Mosbacher Institute

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, recorded in front of a live audience at Downtown Uncorked, podcast hosts Greg Gause and Justin Bullock chat with Professor Raymond Robertson about US trade policy and it's implications for US economy. Dr. Robertson also puts the spotlight on some of the major research projects at the Mosbacher Institute.

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Bush School Uncorked: Online Education

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host, Justin Bullock talks with Lisa Brown, Director of Extended Education at the Bush School. The conversation highlights the advantages of online Executive Master and online graduate certificate programs, Bush School offers to busy professionals who want to get a quality education and experience the best of the Bush School without being in College Station, TX.

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Bush School Uncorked: Conversation with Zillah Fluker & Kenny Taylor

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host, Justin Bullock has a conversation with Bush School guest Zillah Fluker and Bush School professor Kenny Taylor on a number of topics. The conversation focuses on how to succeed in public and nonprofit organizations, social media, and higher education.

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Bush School Uncorked: On US & Taliban Peace Talks, Former Student Panel III

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host, Professor Justin Bullock talks with former Bush School students Bashir Baseem and Metra Mehran about the current peace talks between the US government and the Taliban, noting the lack of inclusion of the Afghan government and the Afghan people.

Bush School Uncorked: On US & Taliban Peace Talks, Former Student Panel III (SoundCloud)
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Bush School Uncorked: On international aid with Erin Snider

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts, Gregory Gause and Justin Bullock talked to Professor Erin Snider on major challenges of providing foreign aid to the Middle Eastern countries!

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On Public Service: Former Student Panel II

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, Professor Justin Bullock discusses public service with former Bush School students Lela Akiashvili-Tsaizer, Megi Llubani, and Haziq Masood.

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Bush School Uncorked: On Science and Technology Policy

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, hosts Justin Bullock and Gregory Gause chat with Professor Kent Portney and discuss his work and the research of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy at The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. Professors Ann Bowman and Rob Greer join the conversation as panelists and enrich the conversation with their research and expertise.

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Bush School Former Students Panel I

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host Justin Bullock chatted with Bush School former students Mary Lu Hare, Kirbie Ferrell, and Dave Fujimoto about the current challenges and opportunities the profession of public service faces currently. Also, guests shared their own personal stories for joining public service.

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Episode 4: On US Grand Strategy

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, host Justin Bullock and Greg Gause chat with John Schuessler and Andrew Ross about US Grand Strategy and the Bush School's new Albritton Center for Grand Strategy. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Downtown Uncorked on January 15th, 2019.

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Hot Take, Midterms 2018

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, Professors Gregory Gause and Justin Bullock provide some reflections on the 2018 US Midterms. The conversation was recorded mid-afternoon on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.

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Episode 3: On Democracy with Jessica Gottlieb

In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, Professors Gregory Gause and Justin Bullock discuss democracy and democratic erosion with Professor Jessica Gottlieb. Professor Gottlieb is an expert in developing democracies, much of her work focuses on understanding how young democracies, throughout Africa, engage in governance activities. She is also currently engaged in a cross-university teaching collaboration which examines the prevalence of democratic erosion throughout the world.

Episode 3: On Democracy with Jessica Gottlieb (SoundCloud)
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Episode 2: Education in Texas

In this episode, Bush School Professors Justin Bullock and Gregory Gause host Professors Lori Taylor and Ann Bowman to discuss education, education policy in Texas, issue concerning state governance, and the upcoming elections.

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Episode 1: USMCA and Diplomacy

Professors Gregory Gause and Justin Bullock, with guest Raymond Robertson, recorded the first episode of a new podcast sponsored by the Bush School of Government & Public Service, Bush School Uncorked.

Professor Robertson schooled the hosts in the recently negotiated trade agreement, USMCA. We then explored the important world of trade and its impact on markets, countries, and individual humans.

Following Professor Robertson’s lessons in trade and empirical evidence, the conversation broadened to trade with other countries and other current conflicts on the global stage.

Given recent events, and our resident Saudi Arabia expert at the table, Professor Gregory Gause, the conversation inevitably turned to the killing of Washington Post reporter, Jamal Khashoggi.

The panel also discussed foreign policy tactics, the use of bullying techniques on friends and allies, and the cozying up to autocratic leaders.

Episode 1: USMCA and Diplomacy (SoundCloud)
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Bush School Uncorked: Teaser

In this teaser, Professors Justin Bullock and Gregory Gause introduce a new podcast, sponsored by the Bush School of Government & Public Service, called Bush School Uncorked.

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