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Brady: The Last Twelve Thousand Years
2013 Summer Seminar for High School Students

Recorded: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mark Brady summarizes world economic history from the rise of agriculture up to the Industrial Revolution. Talk given on July 24, 2013 in Oakland, CA.

Experts: Mark Brady
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Labor and Employment

       
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Brady: Promethean Growth Unleashed
2013 Summer Seminar for High School Students

Recorded: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mark Brady describes the workings of the “Industrious Revolution,” which introduced the world to sustained and modern economic growth. Talk given on July 24, 2013 in Oakland, CA.

Experts: Mark Brady
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Labor and Employment

       
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Ivan Pongracic on Why Socialism Failed
2013 Summer Seminar for College Students

Recorded: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ivan Pongracic explains the impossibility of socialist states to engage in economic calculation, and why this always spells disaster. Talk given on July 17, 2013 in Berkeley, CA.

Experts: Ivan Pongracic Jr.
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (International), Economic Policy, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Lessons from the Poor: The Power of Entrepreneurship
Recorded: Thursday, November 13, 2008

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At this Policy Forum, Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa, former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, economist William Easterly, and a group of policy experts discuss the findings of the book, Lessons from the Poor. The speakers examine real-world examples of entrepreneurship and why instead of redistributing existing wealth, governments should free people so that they can create it.

Experts: William R. Easterly, Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Economic History and Development (International), Economic Policy

       
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The New International Arms Race in Space—And How to Avoid It
Recorded: Friday, March 7, 2008

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An Independent Policy Forum held on 3/7/08. Peter L. Hays, Associate Director of the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies, and Theresa Hitchens, Director of the Center for Defense Information, discuss the implications that the U.S. takedown of a malfunctioning satellite have for a potential arms race in space.

Experts: Ivan Eland, Peter L. Hays, Theresa Hitchens
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Science, Technology

       
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Politics and Protests of the Biotech Revolution
Recorded: Tuesday, December 13, 2005

For millennia, farmers all over the world have bred crops for their resistance to disease, productivity, and nutritional value. Over the past century, scientists have used increasingly more sophisticated methods for modifying crops at the genetic level. But only since the 1970s have advances in gene-splicing and other aspects of biotechnology upped the ante with the promise of dramatically improved agricultural products. Today, few topics have the power to inspire as much international furor and misinformation as the development and distribution of genetically altered foods. Is public resistance far out of synch with the potential risks? Please join us as Henry Miller, co-author of the new book The Frankenfood Myth, and Bruce Ames, U.C. Berkeley professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, address this critical 21st century issue.

Experts: Bruce N. Ames, Henry I. Miller
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Agriculture, Bureaucracy and Government, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology

       
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Michael Crichton on “States of Fear: Science or Politics?”
Recorded: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The late Michael Crichton, author of “Jurassic Park” and “State of Fear,” along with a panel of distinguished scientists, examine the increasing politicization of science.
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Experts: Sallie Louise Baliunas, Michael Crichton, William M. Gray, George H. Taylor
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Energy, Environment, Science, Technology

       
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Big Brother is Watching
Recorded: Thursday, June 6, 2002

To outsiders, its initials once stood for “No Such Agency.” To its employees, they stood for “Never Say Anything.” Today the public knows that the ultra-secret National Security Agency manages the nation’s spy satellites, but few know exactly why the NSA is the most powerful U.S. intelligence agency—or its roles in the Cold War, the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and Echelon, the worldwide NSA spying operation that, many charge, is illegally monitoring innocent citizens. No outsider knows more about the NSA than investigative journalist James Bamford, who began to research it before most members of Congress had even heard of it. In this talk, Mr. Bamford explained why he believes the NSA is a dangerous, two-edged sword.

Experts: James Bamford
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Constitutional Law, Defense and Foreign Policy, Democracy, Freedom, Government Waste/Pork, History (U.S), Law Enforcement, Politics, Technology, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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