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Davenport Discussions Podcasts

Some of the speakers who come to campus for our Davenport Discussions series stick around for a brief podcast interview with Executive Director Pete Peterson. That means we can share some of these valuable insights on a wide range of issues with you!

Episode 10 - David Campt

David Campt is co-author of Read the Room For Real and a civic engagement specialist who seeks to help those involved in public policy, city planning, social work, public health, and education be skilled in key competencies related to engagement.

Episode 9 - Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman is the Co-Founder and President of MapLight, a groundbreaking database which connects data on campaign contributions, politicians, legislative votes, industries, companies and more to show patterns of influence in a way that citizens can understand. He will be showing his platform and discussing the importance of transparency when it comes to where funding for candidates and policies is coming from.

Episode 8 - Hayley Firestone Jessup

Hayley Firestone Jessup is the director of major giving for DirectRelief, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters and civil unrest. DirectRelief receives no government funding, so Ms. Jessup's role of connecting with donors around the country to share the story and the outcome of the work is a key element of the organization's success. In this most recent fiscal year, DirectRelief will raise over $10 million from donors to fund the work of distributing medical supplies to over 1200 partners in the US and throughout the world.

Episode 7 - Dennis Donohue

Dennis Donohue is the former three term Mayor of Salinas, California, and current President of Royal Rose LLC. He sat down with Pete Peterson, director of the School of Public Policy's Davenport Institute for Public Leadership and Civic Engagement, to talk about his work as a public figure and how California issues statewide can affect local governments.

Episode 6 - Vance Hickin

Vance Hickin served as the California digital director for the campaign to reelect President Barack Obama. He sat down with Pete Peterson on the occasion of his Davenport Discussion to explore how Obama for America utilized the online space throughout the campaign.

Episode 5 - Troy Senik

Troy Senik (MPP '07), Senior Fellow at the Center for Individual Freedom, editor at Ricochet, and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, sat down with Pete Peterson on the occasion of his Davenport Discussion to talk about his recent article published in City Journal, "The Worst Union in America: How the California Teachers Association Betrayed the Schools and Crippled the State."

Episode 4 - Ken Hampian

Ken Hampian, interim city manager for the troubled city of Bell, Calif., spoke with Pete Peterson, director of the Pepperdine University Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, about rebuilding trustworthy leadership and civic trust and engagement in Bell.

Episode 3 - William Voegeli

William Voegeli, a visiting scholar at Claremont McKenna College's Henry Salvatori Center, sat down with Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy, to discuss his essay, "Not a Penny More," in defense of what he calls "antitax absolutism" published in the winter 2012 issue of City Journal.

Episode 2 - Steve Malanga

Steve Malanga is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the senior editor of City Journal. He sat down with Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy, to discuss the causes of, and solutions for, California's declining job market.

Episode 1 - Kay Hymowitz

Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She sat down with Pete Peterson, the executive director of the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy, to discuss her provocative new commentary on gender in 21st Century America for her most recent book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Is Turning Men Into Boys.