Investigation Into Model Legislation, Podcast Aims To Help Us Live Better, Nielsen Steps Down As Homeland Security Secretary

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Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council 42nd annual meeting held July 23, 2015. Dennis Poroy/AP Photo

Many bills introduced at the state level are written by national industry groups or corporations. We learn about the practice of “model legislation.” We also hear about a new podcast that aims to help you navigate life and we discuss the resignation of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Featured in this Show

  • Investigation Reveals The Wide Scope Of 'Model Legislation'

    Much of the legislation introduced at the state level is written by national industry groups, think tanks, or corporations. We talk with a state legislator about her experience learning about the practice and the author of a new investigative report revealing the scope of cut-and-copy bills.

  • New Podcast From NPR Looks To Give Listeners Practical Advice For Their Everyday Lives

    Have you ever found yourself searching the internet for the best workout? What about if that dinner you made last night was healthy? If so, you’ve probably spent some time wading through questionable articles and blogs, coming out without a clear answer to your question. Enter NPR’s new podcast Life Kit, which is looking to bring listeners clear, authoritative advice on the things that are important to their day-to-day lives. We sit down with the general manager of podcasts at NPR.

  • After Nielsen Resigns, What Now For Homeland Security?

    Kirstjen Nielsen has stepped down as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We discuss her legacy in that role, President Donald Trump’s call for a “tougher” direction for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and what the changes mean for the future of DHS.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Chris Taylor Guest
  • Nick Penzenstadler Guest
  • Neal Carruth Guest
  • Rey Koslowski Guest
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Rachael Vasquez Interviewer

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