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Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell is Interviewed on American Medicine Today Radio on Drug Approvals and the FDA
Recorded: Saturday, December 12, 2015
What is the cost of the long approval process for potentially life-saving drugs by the FDA? The approval process can take up to 12 years and cost $1 billion. But there are other costs. Patients arent able to take drugs that arent approved and they might die or become more ill. Another cost is that a potential drug maker might not want to take the financial risk of taking a drug to market. Powell recommends testing drugs but possibly making drugs "FDA recommended", rather than "FDA approved." Whats needed is competition and markets to help patients and entrepreneurs, says Powell.
Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Issues: Government Power, Health Care, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Science
Research Fellow Sheldon Richman interviewed on KTRS radio on why anti-gun measures dont work
Recorded: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Research Fellow Sheldon Richman talks with Larry Conners USA show about gun control and why it doesnt work. When news of a tragic public shooting occurs, it is often followed with a cry for gun control. Anti-gun measures dont work, according to Richman. Those that think otherwise are Utopians and are not being realistic.
Experts: Sheldon Richman
Issues: Government Power, Gun Control
Independent Institute President David J. Theroux Discusses C.S. Lewis on Ave Maria Radio
Recorded: Saturday, August 1, 2015
Founder and President of the Independent Institute, David Theroux is interviewed by Ave Maria Radio President Al Kresta at the Napa Institute Annual Conference. Also President of the C.S. Lewis Society of California, David Theroux talks about C.S. Lewiss writings on liberty and Christianity and how Lewis became one of the best-read and most influential writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Experts: David J. Theroux
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privacy, Religion
Public Pension CrisisLawrence McQuillan interviewed on KQED radios Forum
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED radios Forum program. McQuillan tells of his plan to resolve the pension crisis in California and other states by switching from the current system to a 401(k) style of retirement plan, as most private sector companies use. This way, McQuillan argues, the public employee retirement system would be portable and transparent while remaining solvent.
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Labor and Employment, Taxes
Repudiation in Antebellum MississippiAn Interview with Clifford F. Thies
Recorded: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radios All Things Considered about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.
Experts: Clifford F. Thies
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)
The Public Pension Crisis Across the United States An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KLZ radio in Denver, CO. Lawrence talks about the public-pension crisis and how states and cities can change their pension contributions to avoid bankruptcy while honoring commitments to employees.
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Taxes
What Americans Should Learn from the British Election
Recorded: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on America Tonight with Kate Delaney to talk about government spending out of control. Eland compares the US money supply and spending under George W. Bush and Barack Obama to eating candy and getting a "sugar high" instead of a good balanced diet. British Prime Minister David Cameron has followed the examples of US Presidents Harding, Coolidge, Eisenhower and Clinton and embraced austerity to bring about long term prosperity.
Experts: Ivan Eland
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Government Power, Politics, Terrorism and National Crises
Thomas DiLorenzo on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Economy
Recorded: Friday, April 17, 2015
Research Fellow Thomas DiLorenzo appeared on the Kate Dalley radio show on KZNU in Utah to discuss the 16th U.S. President and the economy at the time.
Experts: Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Terrorism and National Crises