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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 aren’t able to take drugs that aren’t 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." What’s needed is competition and markets to help patients and entrepreneurs, says Powell.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Health Care, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Science

       
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Research Fellow Sheldon Richman interviewed on KTRS radio on why anti-gun measures don’t work
Recorded: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Research Fellow Sheldon Richman talks with Larry Conners USA show about gun control and why it doesn’t work. When news of a tragic public shooting occurs, it is often followed with a cry for gun control. Anti-gun measures don’t work, according to Richman. Those that think otherwise are Utopians and are not being realistic.

Experts: Sheldon Richman
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Gun Control

       
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Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in the Third Reich appears on the Larry Elder radio show on KRLA
Recorded: Friday, October 9, 2015

Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of "Gun Control in the Third Reich" appears on the Larry Elder radio show on Oct. 9, 2015. Halbrook talks about the remarks made by presidential candidate Ben Carson about gun control and the holocaust and how dictators take guns first. Carson’s remarks were rebuked by mainstream media, but historians such as Halbrook set the record strait on the history of gun control in Europe leading up to World War II and the holocaust.

Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio
Issues: Gun Control, History (International)

       
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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

       
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Love Gov on Stossel: "Let's Break Up with Government"
Recorded: Friday, September 25, 2015

Television personality John Stossel (host of Stossel on Fox Business) featured our new satirical, YouTube video series—Love Gov: "From First Date to Mandate"— on September 25th, 2015.

Experts: John Stossel
Type: Television
Issues: Education, Government Power

       
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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

       
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Public Pension Crisis—Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KQED radio’s Forum
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED radio’s 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
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Labor and Employment, Taxes

       
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Freedom Act, Patriot Act or Status Quo Act
Recorded: Monday, June 8, 2015

Senior Fellow Ivan Eland appears on RT’s CrossTalk program to discuss topics surrounding the US Patriot Act and whether or not Edward Snowden was a hero or a traitor. On a panel with other defense analysts, the US war against terror is debated. The panel discusses whether or not the US government is violating the constitutional rights by collecting metadata of phone calls and emails of US citizens.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Privacy

       
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