Pocket Policy

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Pocket Policy is a podcast that breaks down the latest policy stories small enough to fit in your pocket.

Episode Date
Russia attacks France's pride (read: wine), Squamish Nation breaks ground in urban development
1973

Pocket Dictionary: government. Germany has an election. Russia passes policy targeting sparkling wine labels. Squamish Nation, next to Vancouver, plans an urban development innovation.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show! 

Oct 12, 2021
California mandates mental health education and targets period poverty
1634

Pocket dictionary: euthanasia. Italy embarks on a referendum to legalize euthanasia. California wraps up a busy legislative session with a requirement to teach mental health in secondary schools. The state proposes another policy to require free period products in all school bathrooms.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show! 

Sep 20, 2021
Uganda repeals anti-porn act, China blacklists karaoke songs
1613

Pocket Dictionary: IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel  on Climate Change).  The IPCC rings the global climate change bell. Uganda's highest court finds the country's Anti-Pornography Act unconstitutional. China creates a list of banned karaoke songs.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show! 

Aug 23, 2021
India copies China's population policies, UN's best villages competition
1567

Pocket dictionary: reparations. Jamaica seeks reparations from Great Britain. Several Indian states propose a variety of two-child policies. The UN World Tourism Organization kicks off the Best Tourism Villages initiative.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show! 

Jul 26, 2021
China's Arctic Ocean takeover strategy, Canada fines hate speech
1634

Pocket Dictionary: conservatorship. Britney Spears's ongoing conservatorship battle. China plans the "Polar Silk Road" in the Arctic Ocean. Canada targets hate speech with hefty fines.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!  




Jul 12, 2021
Saudi Arabia's women's rights progress, Japan's 4-day work week breakthrough
1533

Pocket Dictionary: Federal Holiday. The US officially recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Saudi Arabia legalizes women choosing her own housing situation. Japan's support of a 4-day work week.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!  

Jun 28, 2021
Rio's shantytown map project, Hungary's LGBT+ content ban for minors
1318

Pocket Dictionary: Regulation. Calls to regulate Texas's power grid resurges. Rio de Janeiro plans to formalize its favelas via a digital mapping project. Hungary bans content in films and ads containing LGBTQ+ messages or characters for under 18 year olds.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!  


Jun 21, 2021
South Korea's food waste toolkit, California's guaranteed income scheme
1379

Pocket dictionary:  Labor Force Participation Rate. US's decreasing labor force participation. South Korea adds a new policy to the country's journey to zero-waste and lower carbon emissions. California directs its budget surplus to a statewide guaranteed income pilot.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!  

Jun 14, 2021
Australia’s phone ban, US’s device repair agenda
1394

Pocket dictionary: Plebiscite. Chile begins a rewrite of their constitution. Australia bans phones in schools. US releases report on device restriction consequences.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!

Jun 07, 2021
Africa’s aid funding, Sesame’s allergen attention
1175

Pocket Dictionary: Gov coins. Governments create crypto currencies. African Financing Summit agrees to fund the continent with IMF reserves. Sesame joins the ranks of peanuts in allergen attention.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!

Jun 01, 2021
America's evolving road signs, EU's AI (tough) love
1581

Pocket Dictionary: “The Quad.” Indo-Pacific democracies unite. The US tries to update their road signage for the 2020s. The EU becomes the first to regulate AI.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!

May 17, 2021
Israel's sex surrogacy therapy, Colombia's deadly tax reforms
1243

Pocket Dictionary: "carbon targets." New York suspends Bitcoin mining. Israel offers sex surrogacy therapy for soldiers. Colombia's tax reforms leads to deadly protests.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Follow us on Twitter @pocket_policy for more policy stories that don’t make it onto the show!

May 10, 2021
New Zealand's 2025 smoke-free deadline, Oregon passes tax per mile driven
1240

Pocket Dictionary: “decriminalize.” New York legalizes marijuana. New Zealand proposes some of the world’s strictest smoking laws. Oregon passes miles driven tax to supplement state gas tax.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Calculate your miles driven tax here.

May 03, 2021
China imposes record fine, New York creates a $2B unemployment fund
1417

France bans hijabs for minors in the name of anti-separatism. China fines Alibaba. New York creates an Excluded Workers fund for undocumented workers.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Apr 19, 2021
Utah makes fathers pay pregnancy costs, Ethiopia built Africa's biggest dam
1312

Janet Yellen tackles corporate tax avoidance. Utah requires biological fathers to bear half of pregnancy-related  healthcare costs. Ethiopia's newly completed dam on the Nile  could cause tensions with its neighbors who share the river.

For more information, read up on our sources here.

Listen to Who's Yellen Now.

Apr 12, 2021
Introducing: Pocket Policy
95

Welcome to Pocket Policy, the show where we break down the latest, non-mainstream policy stories into small enough chunks to fit in your pocket. Join your hosts, Irena and Jonathan, each episode to learn more about what governments are doing around the world--no  sensationalism or dull, technical talk allowed! Subscribe now and follow us on Twitter to make sure you don't miss out on the chance to learn something new. 

Apr 01, 2021