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“PG&E Shutoffs” Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Wed. October 9, 2019, 3:47pm PT

Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power to almost one million customers in Northern California as high winds are forecast which may cause fires to start. Fires started by PG&E equipment have destroyed thousands of homes in the past, so PG&E is taking this step to prevent devastating wildfires. Lawrence McQuillan outlines how PG&E is devoting resources to "green energy" instead of taking precautions to prevent wildfires. McQuillan offers some alternatives that would save money and help manage wildfires which power companies could implement.

Recorded: Wed. October 9, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

Richard Vedder: Realistic Solutions to Big College Problems
Overhauling the Higher Education Act

Posted: Tue. October 1, 2019, 10:05am PT

American higher education is in a bad place: public confidence is dropping, prices and student debt are crushing, political correctness in curricula is widespread, and free speech and academic freedom are under attack. At this Cato Institute event held 9/18/19 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) leads off by discussing his interest in finding solutions to the many problems with higher education policy. We then hear from the authors and editors of three important new books tackling higher education’s myriad ailments and how to fix them. Many things must change in the ivory tower, and this program presents clear, grounded ideas about what those should be.

Opening remarks by The Honorable Rick Scott, United States Senator, Florida; Featuring Richard K. Vedder, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Author, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America; Philip W. Magness, Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research and Coauthor, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education; and Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at George Mason University and Coeditor, Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute.

Buy the Independent Institute book: Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America, by Richard K. Vedder

This event was sponsored and the video recorded by the Cato Institute.

Recorded: Wed. September 18, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Other Event

“Fixing California’s DMV” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KGO radio’s Chip Franklin Show
Posted: Wed. September 25, 2019, 4:45pm PT

Description: California's Department of Motor Vehicles is in shambles, and its “solution” is to receive more taxpayer money. Long lines (even with an appointment), poor service, and mismanagement are the norm for the the DMV. It's about to get worse as Californians will need a "Real ID" in order to fly after October 1, 2020. The DMV has the dishonor of "winning" the latest California Golden Fleece® Award

Recorded: Tue. August 6, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

“US Troops Pulled out of Iraq” Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Fri. September 20, 2019, 2:33pm PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of War and the Rogue Presidency appears on the Lars Larson radio show to speak about US troops and whether they are needed in Iraq. President Trump has said all non essential personal will leave Iraq. What are the interests of the US in places such as Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

Recorded: Thu. May 16, 2019
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio

Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell Critiques Socialized Medicine on Life, Liberty & Levin
Posted: Tue. September 17, 2019, 3:22pm PT

Recorded: Sun. August 25, 2019
Experts: Robert A. Lawson, Benjamin Powell
Type: Television

Richard Vedder: Is Majoring in English Worth It?
Posted: Mon. September 9, 2019, 9:05am PT

Speaking at the Heartland and Acton Institutes, Independent Institute Senior Fellow Richard K. Vedder (author of the Independent book Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America) discusses university financing, bureaucracy and political correctness. He also suggests private funding alternatives.

Recorded: Mon. September 9, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Television

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples appears on Kresta in the Afternoon on the Ave Maria radio network (EWTN)
Posted: Thu. September 5, 2019, 12:01pm PT

Pope Francis is concerned about the environment and calls on people to pray for our seas and oceans. But what is the best way to protect oceans and the environment? The right incentives will help protect the environment says Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, who also is an economics professor, and editor of the book Pope Francis and the Caring Society.

Recorded: Wed. September 4, 2019
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Justice on Trial
The Kavanaugh Confirmation & the Supreme Court

Posted: Wed. August 28, 2019, 4:00pm PT

On June 27, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy slipped out of the Supreme Court building and traveled to the White House to inform President Donald Trump that he was retiring. The news touched off a media maelstrom, triggering a confirmation process that his successor, Brett Kavanaugh, would denounce three months later as a “national disgrace” and a “circus.”

At this special event and based on her #1 bestselling book (with co-author Carrie Lynn Severino), Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, investigative journalist Mollie Ziegler Hemingway reveals the true story of what really happened during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, based on exclusive interviews of more than 100 people—including the President of the U.S., several Supreme Court justices, high-ranking White House and Department of Justice officials, and dozens of senators.

Nasty politics and unverified accusations of sexual assault became weapons in a ruthless campaign of personal destruction. The Supreme Court has become the arbiter of America’s most vexing and divisive disputes. With the stakes of each vacancy incalculably high, has the incentive to destroy a nominee become irresistible? Will the next time a nominee promises to change the balance of the Court be even uglier and how will this affect the future of America?

Recorded: Thu. August 22, 2019
Experts: Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, David J. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute Event