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The Rational Middle

Dec 20, 2019

Gregory, Chris, and Loren recap the first season of the documentary film series Rational Middle of Immigration, how it changed their perspective on an incredibly important and consequential topic, and what the hopes and dreams are for 2020.

Dec 11, 2019

American economist and former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, explains the impact of undocumented immigrants on the budgets of both the federal and local governments. Doug served served as a Senior Staff Economist on President George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers and chief...

Dec 4, 2019

Stationed at the Center for Houston's Future, Steven has been focused on the impact of immigration in Houston since 2016. He has studied the demographic trends to extrapolate what the city's economic policy needs are to accommodate and welcome immigrants heading into the city's 200th anniversary in 2036.

Nov 20, 2019

Rice University may be home to one of immigration's most interesting thought leaders in Dr. Tony Payan. We discuss the rights and privileges different kinds of immigrants have in the United States and where those rights begin and end.

Nov 14, 2019

Take a trip down memory lane to the beginnings of this decade-long experiment called the Rational Middle, which was founded to create meaningful dialogues around contentious issues, and how immigration was selected as our second intensive topic.