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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)


Ivan Eland Interviewed on US Governors’ Call To Deny Asylum to Syrian Refugees
Recorded: Monday, November 16, 2015

In this interview aired by WHDT World News, Ivan Eland calls by Republican governors against accepting Syrian refugees into the United States. Eland calls this “nonsense,” and he stresses the importance of ending American intervention in Muslim countries, while focusing on security at home.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Immigration, Terrorism and National Crises


Research Fellow Randall Holcombe appears on the Larry Conners USA Radio Show
Recorded: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Research Fellow Randall Holcombe is a guest on the Larry Conners USA Radio Show on KTRS St. Louis. Holcombe discusses President Obama’s push for shorter prison sentences and why the move is a mistake. The war on drugs has been waged for 35 years. Drugs are impossible to control and their use should not be illegal, according to Holcombe. Transactions among consenting adults shouldn’t be prosecuted, he says. Only if property crimes or violence occurs, should drug users be prosecuted. Nov. 12, 2015

Experts: Randall G. Holcombe
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Drugs (Illicit)


Senior Research Fellow Ivan Eland on the Syrian Situation
Recorded: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CCTV America’s Mike Walter spoke with Ivan Eland, senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute, about American and Russian roles in the Syrian Crisis and about what can be done to resolve the situation. Nov. 4, 2015

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Defense and Foreign Policy


Myths of Immigration, Ben Powell on Stossel
Recorded: Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Are immigrants taking our jobs and living off the taxes we pay? Are they criminals? Television personality John Stossel (Host of Stossel on Fox Business Network) interviewed Benjamin Powell, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and Editor of the book, The Economics of Immigration.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Culture/ Society, Drugs (Illicit), Government Power, Immigration, Labor and Employment, Politics, Social Security, Taxes, Welfare


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. Lewis’s 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
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Culture/ Society, Freedom, Government Power, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Privacy, Religion


Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on the Tom Brown Show
Recorded: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, is interviewed on the Tom Brown Radio Show on WEZS in New Hampshire. McQuillan tells of the unfunded pension crisis facing cities, counties and states across America. Services are being cut by municipalities in order to pay for the retirement benefits of public employees. Recently bankruptcy courts have cut payments to retirees in settlements. McQuillan has a better plan which involves switching pension plans into private enterprise style 401k retirement plans.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes, Welfare


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)


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