Will the state of the U.S economy be a factor during the 2020 election?

Assistant professor of political science Michael Sances answers:

“Presidential elections are typically referendums on the state of the
economy, but as we all know, presidents inherit economies from their
predecessors. Will voters attribute recent positive economic
performance to Trump, or will they attribute it to his predecessor
Barack Obama? In research I am working on now, I find that voters
almost always attribute the current economy to the current incumbent,
whether that incumbent has been in office for six months or six years.
So, I think the economy will ultimately work toward Trump’s
re-election. The Democratic nominee will have to either convince
voters the economy is not that strong, or focus on other issues. I am
skeptical voters can be convinced that the economy is not Trump’s
responsibility.”

Does the nominee from the Democratic Party even matter?

Assistant professor of political science Michael Sances answers:

“Will the Democratic nominee really affect what happens in November?
Statistical models that ignore any qualities of the candidates do a
pretty good job at predicting general election winners. More
anecdotally, a low-quality nominee in 2016 did not seem to hurt the
Republican party’s chances. Despite the intense media attention around
who will win the nomination, I do not think it is entirely
unreasonable to argue that it will not ultimately matter much.”

24. Andrew Iliadis: The Most Important Part of The Internet You Have Never Heard Of / The Semantic Web

Andrew Iliadis is an assistant professor within the department of media studies at Temple University who’s research focuses on the social implications of data science and semantic computing. 

We have a fascinating conversation on web infrastructure, the semantic web, data usage, the future of the internet, getting away from digital walled gardens, and much more. 

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19. Iyad Obeid: Decoding Infinity / How To Read a Brain

Iyad Obeid is an associate professor of electrical engineering who focuses on brain computer interfaces and decoding neural signals.

My conversation with him covers the difficulties of capturing signals from neural tissue, how one can apply machine learning and big data to EEGs, the differences between brains and computers, and what the future of brain machine interfaces might look like.

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18. Brendan O'Leary: Why Is Northern Ireland Such a Contentious Point for Brexit? / The Future of Global Governance

My guest today is political science professor Brendan O’Leary. He has been an advisor to the United Nations and European Union and has held many other distinguished positions. 

We discuss many topics ranging from why and how Northern Ireland became such a contentious point for Brexit, why Brexit has taken so long, the efficacy of referendums, his knowledge on conflicts and power sharing, the future of global politics, and much more.

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17. Daniel Cohen: Why a Green New Deal is the Only Way / The Gravity of the Climate Crisis

Daniel Cohen is a political science professor and director the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative (SC2).

The conversation covers topics such as the negative impact of the fossil fuel industry on climate progress, the inequality that is tethered to climate change, how dire the climate situation is, what the Green New Deal is, how society can stave off the negative impacts of climate change, and envisioning a new, healthier way of life all together.

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