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Presidential Election, Democracy, Economy


In this first-of-2021 State of the State Podcast, a discussion that centers around the state of our economy and the state of our democracy. The events of January 6 feature broadly in this Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) production. Featured are IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld and Economics Professor Charles Ballard, who directs IPPSR's State of the State Survey, one of the only surveys tracking statewide public opinion on current affairs. January's featured guest is Jakana Thomas, MSU associate professor of political science, and a recognized authority on international terrorism. 

Read Thomas' recent article about Jan. 6 activities in The Conversation. Her research article is titled Capitol mob wasn't just angry men -- there were angry women as well. She is also a panelist on an MSU Department of Political Science panel seeking to understand the events and violence of Jan. 6 in the nation's capital.

We want to always say that this production is featured on WKAR Radio along with radio stations on the air and over the internet, on SoundCloud(link is external) and ITunes. On the MSU campus, IPPSR specializes in policy education, leadership training and survey research in MSU's College of Social Science. You'll also find this edition of the State of the State Podcast on MSU Today with Russ White.

We are the home of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Office for Survey Research, State of the State Survey, Legislative Leadership Program, Rosenthal Legislative Internship Program, more than 60 affiliate faculty members, student policy fellows and major research databases on topics of interest to academic researchers, legislators, policy makers, elected leaders and journalists around the world. IPPSR thanks MSU's University Communications, MSU Director of Public Relations Jennifer Davis, Producer Russ White of MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications, and all those who support the efforts necessary to make this production possible.