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Robert Higgs Discusses Effects of WWI on the Tom Woods Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs appeared on the Tom Woods radio show. Higgs discusses the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and its devastating effects on people and government.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Free Market Economics, History (International), History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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William J. Watkins, Jr. on Patent Trolls
Recorded: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radio’s “Innovation Navigation” show to talk about his new book Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation. The cost of patent trolls is staggering, both in terms of lost work and in court costs and attorney fees. The outmoded patent system in the US is discussed, including proposals for reforming the patent system.

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Litigation, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology

       
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Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan: California’s Public Pension Crisis
Recorded: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On June 17, 2014, Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan spoke at an event for supporters of the Independent Institute. Dr. McQuillan spoke about California’s state pension system, a topic he writes about frequently, including in his forthcoming book “California Dreamin’: Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.”

First he defines the types of pension programs for state employees, he outlined how funding for the programs is not sustainable for the promises made to pension recipients. The state admits to an unfunded liability of $140 billion, but McQuillan says that is actually an underestimate. According to most economists, the true amount of the unfunded liability is $430 billion.

How did this happen? McQuillan explains and offers six solutions to keep the pension systems solvent.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Labor and Employment, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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New MyGovCost App Demo!
Recorded: Friday, June 13, 2014

How much Washington’s spending is costing YOU? Enter your age, income, and education level and the calculator shows exactly what you’re paying for national defense, welfare, education, national debt, and more even federal programs, as well as the entire federal budget. Along with the calculator, the free MyGovCost iPhone and iPad mobile application contains blogs, Op-Eds, videos, and news from The Independent Institute and MyGovCost.org.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Independent Institute TV
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Economists, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Free Market Economics, Government Waste/Pork, Labor and Employment

       
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Burton Abrams on KKSF's Bob Zadek Radio Show
Recorded: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Research Fellow Burton A. Abrams appeared on the "Bob Zadek Radio Show" on KKSF in San Francisco. Abrams talks about the MyGovCost calculator and his book The Terrible 10 and the top ten economic blunders in the last century.

Experts: Burton A. Abrams
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Government Waste/Pork, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Ivan Eland on The Tom Woods Show
Recorded: Monday, February 17, 2014

Ivan Eland, author of Recarving Rushmore, appeared on the The Tom Woods Show. Eland talks about U.S. Presidents on the merits of their policies and whether those strategies contributed to peace, prosperity, and liberty.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Wendy McElroy on Violence Against Women on the Dr. Laura Schlessinger Radio Show
Recorded: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Research Fellow Wendy McElroy appeared on the Dr. Laura Schlessinger radio show. McElroy discusses the falsified research, or so-called “advocacy research” on such topics such as college rape and domestic violence. The results, she says, is hysteria on college campuses and demonization of black males. Flawed statistics from this research have been used in legislation such as the Violence Against Women Act, according to McElroy.

Experts: Wendy McElroy
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Law Enforcement, Race Issues

       
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Benjamin Powell on Economic Recovery
Recorded: Friday, January 3, 2014

What will the economy be like in the New Year? Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell appears on Fox Business Network's "The Independents" show to give his impressions of the deficit, bureaucracies, and economic recovery. Powell talks about long term trends and says Big Government policies are effecting the outlook and the "New Normal" in the economy.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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