Bush School Uncorked is a podcast series hosted by the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Current faculty host conversations with scholars and experts from the Bush School and elsewhere.
The Effects of COVID-19 and Pandemics with Dr. Christine Blackburn
On this episode, join our hosts as they discuss the effects of COVID-19 with Dr. Christine Blackburn. Topics include the long term symptoms of COVID-19, COVID-19’s impact on the health infrastructure and economy, and the relation between pandemics and national security. This is a foreign policy and domestic policy podcast that spotlights international, national and local news topics the U.S. faces today. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
COVID-19 Updates, Infrastructure Plan, Voting Rights and A New Cold War with China
On this episode, join our hosts as they discuss current issues the U.S. faces on both a domestic and international scale. Topics include COVID-19, Biden’s new infrastructure bill, voting laws and the importance of democracy. This is a foreign policy and domestic policy the podcast that spotlights international, national and local news topics the U.S. faces today. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
U.S.-Mexico Politics with Guest Dr. Aileen Teague
In this episode, join our hosts as they discuss U.S.-Mexico politics with Dr. Aileen Teague. Topics include the Biden administration’s ability to create effective immigration reform, the history of counterinsurgency and the war on drugs, and where the U.S. should be strategically deploying resources in Latin America. This is a foreign policy and domestic policy podcast that spotlights international, national and local news topics the U.S. faces today. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions: Part 1 | Part 2
Latin American Politics and Migration in Germany
On this episode, join our hosts as they discuss Latin American politics and migration in Germany with Dr. Mathias Poertner. Topics include immigration policy, the role of foreign aid in repairing Central American governments and key issues regarding immigration in Germany. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
State and Local Governments
In this episode, join our hosts, Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. Gregory Gause, as they discuss state and local governments with guests Dr. Ann Bowman and Dr. Robert Greer. Topics include Texas vaccine roll out and reopening of businesses, infrastructure challenges and the future of local and state governments. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
A New Presidential Administration
In this episode, listen as our hosts, Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. Gregory Gause, discuss the trajectory of the new Biden Administration. Topics include impeachment, COVID-19 relief and the possibility of bipartisanship. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
How Democracies Fail
In this episode, listen as our hosts speak with Dr. Jessica Gottlieb of the Bush School on democracies and why and how they fail. This topic is especially prevalent in today’s world and one we hope you enjoy listening about! Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
The Biden Transition; Damage Done to American Democracy; Pandemic Reaches New Heights
Join our hosts Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. Gregory Gause this week as they discuss election outcomes, presidential transition and the potential future of American elections! Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Leadership and Public Service with Dean Mark Welsh
Join our host Dr. Justin Bullock as he sits with Bush School Dean Gen. Mark Welsh to discuss effective leadership and public service in today’s world. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Distance Learning
Listen to this special episode of Uncorked as Dr. Bullock hosts two of the Bush School’s own: Professor Brian Nakamura and Ms. Lisa Brown! This conversation focuses on AI and its practicality and effects in educational institutions. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Election 2020: What Do We Know Now?
In this episode, Dr. Bullock and Dr. Gause reflect on the days and weeks following the election and the challenges presented to a peaceful transition of presidential power. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Presidential Leadership with Dr. John Schuessler
Listen to this week’s podcast as we discuss presidential leadership! We’re joined by another Uncorked regular, Dr. John Schuessler! Also, go vote! Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Challenges to Voting with Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith
This episode dives into discussing the obstacles and barriers that come with voting in the middle of a pandemic! Join us as we host frequent podcast guest, Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith, to learn more on what to expect this election season. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
The Ongoing Global Challenges to Managing a Global Pandemic Dr. Christine Blackburn
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked we sit with Dr. Christine Blackburn to discuss the ongoing efforts to manage the global pandemic. How is the world doing? What can we do? How effective have our responses been? These are just a few of the questions covered in this episode! Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
The Economic Details Of COVID-19 with Dr. Raymond Robertson
Our first guest for the academic year is Dr. Raymond Robertson! Listen as we converse on the economic impacts and effects of the pandemic. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel, Bush School Uncorked, for live streams! Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Conventions and TikTok Tensions
This episode dives into the DNC/RNC Conventions, discussions on the US Postal Service and growing tensions between the US and China on technological concerns with apps such as TikTok and WeChat. Enjoy! Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Ballots, Beirut and Back to School
In this episode, Dr. Gause and Dr. Bullock discuss recent events including back to school, Beirut, COVID-19 and elections. Also available on the Bush School Uncorked YouTube Channel with captions.
Hot Takes: The Fourth of July, Congress, and AI
In this episode, our hosts discuss Fourth of July celebrations, recent Congressional decisions and the implications of AI on social media platforms. Listen in as we hit on a variety of current issues, in particular the impacts of tech companies and how their data collection poses privacy/security concerns for their users.
Hot Takes: POTUS, Sul Ross, & COVID-19
This week, our hosts take to discussing news on President Trump, the Sul Ross statue at Texas A&M and ongoings of the current pandemic. As well, we converse a bit on recent rulings from the Supreme Court and their potential implications.
Hot Takes: Race, Politics, and Power
Listen as our hosts discuss the protests, riots and race-related issues stemming from current events. We take a look into some of the systemic variables contributing to the modern racial climate along with the responses from lawmakers and elected officials.
Close Quarters: State and Local Approaches to COVID-19
Listen as the episode discusses how state and local governments are responding to the pandemic and what impacts it may have on them financially and politically. Our hosts sit with Professors Ann Bowman and Robert Greer to examine these issues more closely and offer what they believe the effects will be.
Close Quarters: Cybersecurity and Privacy with Dr. Jesse Sowell
People are having to rely on technology now more than ever to accomplish school and work-related tasks. How will this increasing reliance affect privacy within our democracy, and what should people be aware of during these times? Listen now to hear some answers to these questions!
Close Quarters: COVID-19, Federalism and Fiscal Feasibility
What impacts will COVID-19 have on federalism and states’ rights? How will this pandemic affect state economies and consumer spending? What steps can governors and other state actors take in ameliorating the negative externalities they now face? Listen as our hosts discuss answers to these questions!
Close Quarters: The Cost of COVID-19 with Dr. David Bradford
In this episode, Dr. Justin Bullock sits with health economist Dr. David Bradford to discuss the economic impact of COVID-19. Namely, they converse on how this pandemic will affect the private and public sectors, along with the mark it could leave globally. Give it a listen!
Close Quarters: Coronavirus Quarantine
In this episode, our hosts take to Zoom for a live recording of Uncorked. Listen as we discuss how the pandemic is expected to affect factors such as national security and higher education. As well, we converse on the international response to COVID-19 and how the US has played a role during this crisis.
Public Health and Preparedness with Dr. Gerald Parker and Dr. Christine Blackburn
How does the US response to the pandemic compare to other countries? Are we doing what’s necessary to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of COVID-19? Has our response been timely? These are just a few of the questions answered in our newest episode with Dr. Gerald Parker and Dr. Christine Blackburn, both highly-esteemed members within the Scowcroft Institute at the Bush School. Give it a listen!
Encampment: Full Team Interview
In the third installment of our Encampment series, co-host Justin Bullock interviews the team that went to Brownsville, Texas to hear their insights from the trip. The team discusses what they saw, their reactions, and their thoughts on how to proceed in the future when dealing with policies concerning refugees and asylum seekers. A special thank you to Mary Lu Hare, Angela Sayre, and Scott Spreier for agreeing to be a part of this series.
Combating COVID-19 with Professor Andrew Natsios
Concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic? Interested in what health and disease experts are saying on the subject? Listen as our hosts chat with Professor Andrew Natsios, Director of the Scowcroft Institute, on what nations are doing to confront the crisis on our newest episode!
Hot Takes: Pandemics and Primaries
In this Hot Takes episode, our hosts discuss results from the democratic primaries and updates on the coronavirus pandemic. The conversation ranges from potential democratic presidential candidates/running mates and the economic and societal implications that come with the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen as our hosts speak on what we may expect in the coming months on both of these fronts.
Energy, Finance, and the Cold War with Dr. Fritz Bartel
Listen as our hosts discuss factors leading to the end of the Cold War with Dr. Fritz Bartel, Assistant Professor within International Affairs at the Bush School. This episode provides both economic and historical contexts that explain how factors such as finance and oil impacted U.S. and Soviet relations.
Encampment: Interview with Dr. Justin Bullock
The second installment of Uncorked’s Encampment Series features an interview between co-host, Dr. Justin Bullock, and producer, Faith Dingas.
Listen as we reflect on the thoughts and impacts of Dr. Bullock’s experiences working with refugees and asylum seekers in the second episode of the series.
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Encampment: Introduction to Asylum Seeking and Refugees
This is a new series documenting the recent trip co-host, Dr. Justin Bullock, and podcast producer, Faith Dingas, took to the U.S.-Mexico border. Accompanied by a team led by former Bush School student, Mary Lu Hare, the Uncorked crew worked alongside Team Brownsville and World Central Kitchen to help feed refugees at the encampment in Matamoros, Mexico. The purpose of this series is to examine the current refugee and asylum seeking processes, along with providing commentary and interviews of what on the ground operations look like.
In this first installment, Dr. Bullock sits and explains the current policies implemented by the U.S. government. The focus is on understanding the process by which refugees and asylum seekers are expected to undergo, along with statistics on who is being let in.
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History and Technology with Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith
In this episode, our hosts sit with Texas A&M University professor and historian, Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith. The conversation features topics such as automation and its impact on labor markets, along with what future technological endeavors hold. Give it a listen!
Mosbacher, Migration and Borders with Dr. Raymond Robertson
In this episode, our hosts speak with Bush School professor and Director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy, Dr. Raymond Robertson. Listen as the conversation focuses on trade and migration patterns and how those aspects influence relationships within the global economy.
On Public Service with Dean Mark Welsh and Senior Associate Dean Frank Ashley
In this episode, our hosts sit with Dean of the Bush School Mark Welsh and Senior Associate Dean Dr. Frank Ashley. Listen in as they discuss their insight on working for the school and with students from around the globe. Bush School Uncorked is happy to welcome them both as our first guests of the semester!
Hot Takes: Iran, Impeachment and Primaries
In this episode, Dr. Gause and Dr. Bullock discuss their thoughts on the most recent news on Iran, impeachment and the democratic primaries. Recorded live at Downtown Uncorked, listen as our hosts discuss the implications of these events both at home and abroad.
On Ukraine with Ambassador Larry Napper
In this episode, Ambassador Larry Napper sits with our hosts to discuss the political and historical roots that have led Ukraine to its current state of affairs. As a distinguished public servant with an illustrious and inspiring career, Ambassador Napper’s insight is riveting and one worth the listen.
Interested in emerging technologies and their ethical implications? Enjoy our newest episode where we sit with Dr. Kent Portney and Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith to discuss various topics related to science and tech policy! Give it a listen.
Hot Takes: Fall 2019
In Hot Takes: Fall 2019, listen as our hosts discuss impeachment, the Democratic presidential candidates and global protests.
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!
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.
U.S. Grand Strategy in the Trump Era
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. 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.
Improving Governance Outcomes in Texas with Dr. Deborah Kerr & Dr. Lori Taylor
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. 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: Hot Takes: Summer 2019
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. 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!
Get to Know Your Hosts!
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. Justin Bullock explain more about themselves and the podcast. Follow us on any of our social media platforms as well!
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Bush School Uncorked: On Women, Peace & Security with Dr. Valerie Hudson
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. 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.
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 Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. 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.
Bush School Uncorked: Violent Rebellion & International Politics with Reyko Huang
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, recorded at Downtown Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. 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.
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 Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. Justin Bullock chat with Professor Raymond Robertson about U.S. trade policy and it’s implications for U.S. economy. Dr. Robertson also puts the spotlight on some of the major research projects at the Mosbacher Institute.
Bush School Uncorked: Online Education
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host Dr. 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.
Bush School Uncorked: Conversation with Zillah Fluker & Kenny Taylor
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host Dr. 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.
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 U.S. government and the Taliban, noting the lack of inclusion of the Afghan government and the Afghan people.
Bush School Uncorked: On international aid with Erin Snider
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast hosts Dr. Gregory Gause and Dr. Justin Bullock talked to Professor Erin Snider on major challenges of providing foreign aid to the Middle Eastern countries!
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.
Bush School Uncorked: On Science and Technology Policy
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, hosts Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. 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.
Bush School Former Students Panel I
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, podcast host Dr. 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.
Episode 4: On US Grand Strategy
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, hosts Dr. Justin Bullock and Dr. Gregory Gause chat with Dr. John Schuessler and Dr. Andrew Ross about U.S. 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.
Hot Take, Midterms 2018
In this episode of Bush School Uncorked, Professors Gregory Gause and Justin Bullock provide some reflections on the 2018 U.S. Midterms. The conversation was recorded mid-afternoon on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.
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, and 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 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, issues concerning state governance and the upcoming elections.
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. Participants 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.
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.