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Robert Higgs interview on Taking a Stand book at
Recorded: Friday, November 20, 2015

Robert Higgs Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute talks about his latest book Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy (2015) in this interview conducted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus from

This podcast was produced by, a Cato Institute project. November 20, 2015.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Education, History (U.S)


The Federal Reserve on Trial
Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

In this mock trial organized by FreedomFest 2015, Independent Institute Research Fellow Robert Murphy and Robert Kuttner present their arguments and witnesses to the jury and the judge, performed by Lisa Kennedy for the responsibility of the Federal Reserve on the financial crisis in 2008.

Thanks to FreedomFest, Inc. for the permission to post our fellows' presentation. For further information about FreedomFest, go to

Experts: Robert P. Murphy
Type: Other Event
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, History (U.S)


Was the American Wild West a Genuine Case of Anarcho-Capitalism?
Recorded: Friday, July 10, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Randy Simmons speaks at the 2015 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, NV.

Experts: Randy T Simmons
Type: Other Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Free Market Economics, History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy


Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi—An 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 Radio’s “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
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)


The Great Depression & the Gilded Age of America | Steven Horwitz
Recorded: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Professor Steven Horwitz contrasts the US economy during the Gilded Age (1870s to the early twentieth century—a period of industrialization and the growth of wealth—with the Great Depression (1929-39). He traces the role played by innovation and industrialization as well as the role of the federal government and the Federal Reserve System throughout these two contrasting periods.

00:00 Initial credits
00:07 The Gilded Age
09:00 The Progressive Era
14:53 The Federal Reserve and the Great Depression
20:16 The high school "story" about the Great Depression
21:18 What caused the Great Depression and why did it last so long?
23:00 1920-1929
25:00 1929-1933
28:37 The response of President Herbert Hoover to the Great Depression
34:11 Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt: the same?
41:10 The role of the Second World War
43:54 Conclusion
44:35 Final credits

Steven Horwitz, PhD is is Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University. A Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, Dr. Horwitz completed his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University

Experts: Steven G. Horwitz
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), 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
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Taxes


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
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Terrorism and National Crises


Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of "Recarving Rushmore," appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Recorded: Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of the newly updated book "Recarving Rushmore," appears on the nationally syndicated Lars Larson radio show to discuss how he ranks the U.S. Presidents in terms of peace, prosperity and liberty. The updated version of the book includes President Barack Obama.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Democracy, Freedom, Government Power, History (U.S)


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