PricePod - Public Policy Conversations

4 Episodes

By: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Each month, the PricePod bridges the gap between theory and practice, offering new perspectives on how public policy impacts our lives and communities. Our conversations with USC Price School faculty range far and wide, from issues like traffic gridlock and the homelessness crisis to the spiraling cost of healthcare and corruption in politics. Whether you’re a policy wonk, a student, or simply curious about how research can change our world, the PricePod is your source for informed, engaging, and thought-provoking discussions. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month as we explore the world of public policy, one ep...

Inside Political Polling

Recent elections outcomes have made many Americans question the accuracy of public polling. Political polls for the 2016 and 2020 presidential contests, for example, generally underestimated the support for former President Donald Trump. In many ways, measuring public opinion is more difficult than ever, but polls are still often accurate. They also play an important role in giving residents voters a voice and informing policymakers. With another presidential election looming, Christian Grose, a USC Price School professor and academic director for the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, joins the show to discuss how polling works, how it’s evolved, an...

Which COVID Policies Worked?

It’s been four years since the COVID-19 pandemic first swept the globe, shutting down schools and businesses and killing more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. alone. In response to the crisis, governments implemented public health policies that would come to define life for the next few years: Mask mandates, stay at home orders, vaccines and boosters. But were these policies effective in slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives? USC Price School Professor Neeraj Sood joins the show to share his research on pandemic policies.

Trust. The Key to Safer Communities.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell discusses the lack of trust between police and the communities they serve. The challenge climaxed in 2020 with the murder of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide protests and calls for police reform. But McDonnell, now director of the Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the USC Price School, says police rely on public trust to investigate, solve and combat crime, making distrust of police a public safety challenge. In this episode, McDonnell discusses what police, SCI and USC researchers are doing to help, from organizing community meetings to examining body camera footage of traffic...

Psychology, Meet Public Policy

From combating climate change to improving sex education, Provost Professor Wändi Bruin de Bruin uses behavioral science to understand what motivates people’s behavior and how to change it for the better. In this episode, Bruin de Bruin shares how simpler language can make climate change easier to understand, why asking people who their friends are voting for produces more accurate polling, and why hardly anyone understands their blood pressure readings. Behavioral science – which brings together psychology, economics and other social sciences – is not typically