Roosevelt Institute Launches Weekly Video Series to Answer Key Policy Questions on Government, Economy, and More

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"What's the Deal?" will feature Roosevelt Institute experts offering two-minute explainers on major ongoing policy debates.

How can the U.S. government create more good jobs? How will the next Federal Reserve chairperson shape the economy? What are young people doing to make the political system work for them? Amid the chaos of our national political debate, many Americans find themselves asking these and other fundamental policy questions. Beginning this week, the Roosevelt Institute will provide the answers with a new weekly series of web videos, “What’s the Deal?” Each video will offer a two-minute explainer on topics ranging from economic and social policy to Millennial organizing and activism. A trailer for the series can be viewed here.

“What’s the Deal?” will draw on the Roosevelt Institute’s deep and multigenerational bench of experts from its Four Freedoms Center, Campus Network, and Pipeline, highlighting the work of individual thinkers and programs and how it relates to the most relevant contemporary policy questions. Early installments will feature David Woolner, Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Resident Hyde Park Historian, on the origins of the Four Freedoms Awards and what makes Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms relevant today; Joelle Gamble, National Field Strategist for the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network, on how Millennials engage in politics; and Mike Konczal, Roosevelt Institute Fellow, on how Ben Bernanke’s departure will affect monetary policy.

“The Roosevelt Institute’s mission is to generate and promote progressive ideas, but in order to shift the national agenda in a positive direction, we must ensure those ideas reach as broad an audience as possible,” said Cathy Harding, the Roosevelt Institute’s Vice President of Operations and Communications. “This video series will be a resource that general audiences and journalists alike can use to better understand our ongoing research and local organizing efforts and to engage with that work.”

All videos in the “What’s the Deal?” series will be made available through the Roosevelt Institute’s website. Viewers can join the conversation and suggest questions for future videos using the hashtag #RIExplains. For more information, please contact Tim Price.

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The Roosevelt Institute is an ideas and leadership organization founded in the belief that America should offer opportunity to all. To develop a new social contract for the 21st century, we advance the work of progressive economists and social policy thinkers and support an emerging generation of leaders as they design solutions tothe nation’s most pressing issues.

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