Ron Reagan calls himself "an insider on the outside, and an outsider who is on the inside." Indeed, as the son of Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, Ron has had a special seat at the table of American politics.
However, as an intellectual and outspoken media personality, he has been known to stand outside the fray and just ask people to think about issues from a perspective that is anything but ordinary in the political spectrum. He is the host of The Ron Regan Show on Air America Radio, which can be heard nightly on Air America radio from 6 - 9 EST, or online any time at www.airamerica.com.
1) For very personal reasons, you have been very vocal in your support of stem-cell research, why does it matter to those of us who haven't been so directly impacted?
Answer: All of us will suffer ill health at some point in our lives. It seems rational and humane to support potentially life-saving medical research.
2) What role do you think "plain old people" can play in the understanding and advancement of stem-cell research?
Answer: It is worth everyone's time to understand the basic science involved. Once you reach that understanding, you'll be much more likely to urge your elected representatives to do the right thing by supporting federal funding for stem cell research.
3) What excites you most about the potential of stem-cell research?
Answer: Research on stem cells has the potential to transform many people's lives for the better by leading to treatments or cures for myriad diseases and conditions.
4) What role do you think the media plays (or should) in helping people understand complex issues?
Answer: The media doesn't do "complex" particularly well. Science, medical or otherwise, is often given short shrift. This is an unfortunate byproduct of the profit motive and the belief shared by many media producer's that the public is uninterested.
5) Religious beliefs play a huge part in how people feel about stem-cell research, how can we reconcile that with our separation of church and state?
Answer: Law and policy should be the province of reason not faith.