Policy Brief is a podcast and video series of informed conversations with policymakers, influencers and public sector professionals exploring current issues. Policy Brief is produced by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and hosted by Glenn College Dean Trevor Brown.

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Episode 1

Jen Miller, the executive director of the Ohio League of Women Voters, discusses the postponement of Ohio's primary election due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting by mail, and what is needed to have a successful fall election.

Episode 2

Lt. Col. Scott Smitson, a strategist with the United States Southern Command, discusses the state of national security and the impact of COVID-19

Episode 3

Tracy Najera, executive director of the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, about the special challenges families are facing as a result of COVID-19.

Episode 4

Glenn College Professor Ned Hill discusses the economic impact of COVID-19 in Ohio and the U.S.

Episode 5

Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on Ohio's school systems and issues and challenges the systems face in the fall.

Episode 6

Brian Perera, Associate Vice President for State Relations in the Office of Government Affairs at The Ohio State University, talks with Dean Trevor Brown about the budgeting process for the state of Ohio and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the state budget in the future.

Episode 7, Part 1

In Policy Brief, Part 1 with Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin, he explains the city of Columbus' responses to COVID-19 and what the plans are for getting Columbus opened for business. This discussion took place a few weeks before protests began in Columbus and the United States in response to the killing of George Floyd.

Episode 7, Part 2

Shortly after the first Policy Brief with Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin was recorded, protests began in Columbus and the United States in response to the killing of George Floyd. In Part 2 of Policy Brief with President Hardin, he discusses what needs to happen in Columbus and the nation to address systemic racism.

Episode 8

How does a global pandemic impact the state budget and how is the State of Ohio planning for the year ahead? Kim Murnieks, Glenn College alum and director of Ohio’s Office of Budget and Management, joins us for Policy Brief to discuss the early impacts on state funding, actions taken to slow spending and how the State of Ohio looks globally to forecast for the future.

Episode 9

Will Columbus need to tap into a rainy day fund to make up budget shortfalls amid the pandemic? Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore joins Dean Brown to discuss how the city is positioned financially to weather COVID-19, what revenue adjustments are on the horizon and the data available to help city leaders and policymakers reach the most equitable and longterm solutions.

Episode 10

How has COVID-19 impacted the workforce in Central Ohio? Lisa Patt-McDaniel, CEO of Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio discusses early moves her organization, and its partnering agencies, made to address unemployment issues related to the pandemic.

Episode 11

Episode 11: Known for its shell beaches and wildlife refuges, tourist dependent Sanibel, Florida is feeling the impacts of COVID-19. Trevor Brown talks with City Manager Judie Zimomra about the unique challenges the incorporated island city is facing. Learn from Judie about the key priorities and the responses this comprehensive land use community has executed during the pandemic.

Episode 12

Guest: Wayne Turnage, deputy mayor, District of Columbia Health and Human Services (DMHHS), director, District of Columbia Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)

Turnage coordinates a comprehensive system of benefits, goods and services to ensure that children, youth and adults can lead healthy, meaningful and productive lives. Learn about the ways the pandemic impacts their clients and how COVID-19 rule changes are leading to improvements of the service roadmap.

Episode 13

Guest: Caroline Wagner, Glenn College associate professor

Brown and Wagner dive into global research activity between the superpowers of science before and during the pandemic. The discussion details how China handled sharing news about the coronavirus outbreak within scientific communities and the resulting changes to global research policy and knowledge sharing. Wagner addresses historic, current and future scientific cooperation as it relates to innovation in areas like immunology, virology and health care. The conversation concludes with several ideas for the U.S. to promote openness and collaboration moving forward.

The opinions and recommendations presented in these podcasts and videos are those of the author(s) and do not represent a policy position or views of either the John Glenn College of Public Affairs or The Ohio State University.

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