Podcast: Brennan Center Events

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In an otherwise treacherous political era for women’s bodies and health, activists and lawmakers are advancing a new, affirmative agenda – for the very first time, one that meshes menstruation and public policy. From tax reform to public benefits to corrections policy, periods have become the surprising force fueling a high-profile, bipartisan movement.

We mark the one year anniversary of Trump’s electoral victory with Emily Bazelon, staff writer for New York Times Magazine, Preet Bharara, former US Attorney, Southern District of NY, John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, and ABC's George Stephanopoulos for a public discussion of how to fortify our democracy in the Trump years and beyond.

As informal guardrails that constrain self-dealing by those in power fall away, what can be done to shore up federal ethics laws to give the public confidence that their leaders will put the interests of the American people first?

Join Lauren-Brooke Eisen ― senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice ― for the launch of her new book, Inside Private Prisons, as she reflects on her unprecedented access to our nation’s private penal system and what she’s uncovered about these corporate prisons.

In his provocative new book, Professor Ganesh Sitaraman argues that a strong middle class is a prerequisite to our constitutional system. Today with economic and political inequality on the rise, Professor Sitaraman says Americans face a choice: Will we accept rising economic inequality and risk oligarchy or will we rebuild the middle class and reclaim our republic?

The Watergate scandal revealed a trail of crimes and cover-ups that ultimately changed American politics. John Dean and Elizabeth Holtzman discuss the lessons from Watergate that apply today.

How does the new Muslim ban work, and how is it related to “extreme vetting”? How do these policies affect immigrant and Muslim communities? What visitor and immigrant screening procedures are already in place, and how do they work?