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Dr. Emily Skarbek Talks about the Government Cost Calculator on “Taking Back America”
Recorded: Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Dr. Emily Skarbek, Director of the Independent Institute’s MyGovCost.org was interviewed on the nationally syndicated, web, radio blog, “Taking Back America”. During the interview, Dr. Skarbek uses MyGovCost.org to explain the specific effects of rampant government spending for any individual in America. Dr. Skarbek illustrates how an individual can find out what their own personal costs imposed by government are, and what they could have earned instead.

Experts: Emily C. Skarbek
Type: Radio
Issues: Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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Robert Higgs Interviewed: The Expanding Pork for Military Pay and Towns
Recorded: Friday, August 27, 2010

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed by Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio on the widening gap between public and private sector pay, the increasing affluence of military towns compared with others, the disappearance of traditional checks on government power, and the predation and incremental “ratchet effect” of expanding governmental powers that increase “temporarily” during wartime but never really recede.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Labor and Employment, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on Wikileaks Revelations
Recorded: Friday, July 30, 2010

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Ivan Eland on Antiwar Radio discusses the revelations in the new Wikileaks release of information and the effects on Middle East diplomacy.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and Foreign Aid, Government Secrecy

       
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David Theroux on the Arizona Immigration Law
Recorded: Thursday, July 15, 2010

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David Theroux discusses the Arizona immigration law on The Neil Asbury Show.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Radio
Issues: Crime, Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Immigration, Law Enforcement

       
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Robert Higgs Interview on Growth of Big Brother
Recorded: Friday, July 9, 2010

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Senior Fellow Robert Higgs talks about his book, Neither Liberty nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government, on The Holistic Survival Show with Jason Hartman. Higgs sheds light on the history of institutionalized violence implemented by a bloated federal state, caused by a misguided faith in larger government to ensure a “freedom from fear”. The “Necessary and Proper Clause”? “People have been trying to loosen the bounds of the Constitution virtually from the time it was ratified to the present”, Higgs cautions.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Government Power, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Charles Pena on CNBC, Explaining the Afghanistan Quagmire
Recorded: Friday, July 2, 2010

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Independent Institute Senior Fellow Charles Peña interviewed on CNBC’s Insana Quotient with Ron Insana about the McChrystal fallout and its significance for the Obama administration. Peña further illustrates the quagmire that exists in the U.S mission in Afghanistan and challenges the public to consider the true relevancy behind the changing of command. Does it matter who is in charge when we are fighting an illegitimate war?

Experts: Charles V. Peña
Type: Radio
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy

       
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Robert Higgs on the Consequences of Leviathan-sized Government
Recorded: Thursday, July 1, 2010

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Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed here by Scott Horton on Antiwar.com Radio, warning those who long for total governmental and economic collapse to be careful what they wish for. Higgs also explains why federal spending cannot continue at the current record levels without a failure of the bond market. He further compares the military and economic over-extension of the Soviet Union prior to its collapse to the United States as a warning against rampant spending by the government.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic History and Development (International), Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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William Watkins on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Discussing Supreme Court Nominations
Recorded: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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With the hearings on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr., was interviewed on NPR’s Talk of the Nation to discuss how to revise the nomination and selection process of Supreme Court Justices, based on his recent article in the Washington Examiner, “A role for the people in judicial selection.”

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Criminal Justice/ Prisons, Litigation, Politics

       
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