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Pope Francis and the Caring Society Book
Posted: Thu. February 22, 2018, 4:15pm PT

Pope Francis and the Caring Society is a thoughtful and in-depth exploration of the Pope’s earnest call for a dialogue on building a truly compassionate society. Francis’s fervent support for uplifting the poor and protecting the environment has inspired far-reaching discussions worldwide: What is the most effective way to fight poverty? And what value does a religious perspective offer in addressing moral, political, and economic problems?

Recorded: Thu. February 22, 2018
Experts: Michael Novak, Robert M. Whaples
Type: Independent Institute TV

Research Fellow Robert Whaples on Spirit Mornings on Spirit Catholic Radio
Posted: Wed. February 21, 2018, 9:45am PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society is interviewed by Bruce McGregor and Jennifer Brown on Spirit Mornings radio. Whaples discusses the how private charity and private property rights can solve some of the problems of poverty and environmental degradation Pope Francis sees in the world.

Recorded: Wed. February 14, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Sr. Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook on Fox News’ Special Report on the State of Gun Laws
Posted: Tue. February 20, 2018, 4:05pm PT

Sr. Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France appeared in a Fox News Channel report on the difference between state and federal gun purchase laws. Different states make their own restrictions, but how successful are they in stopping criminals?

Recorded: Tue. February 20, 2018
Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Television

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, Editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society, on The John Batchelor Radio Show
Posted: Tue. February 13, 2018, 11:32am PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society is interviewed by John Batchelor and his co-host Larry Kudlow. They discuss how economic data shows capitalism and free trade have lowered poverty in many countries, but still the Pope is a very harsh critic of capitalism and the United States. Whaples talks of addressing moral, political, and economic problems while remaining devout in religious beliefs.

Recorded: Tue. December 5, 2017
Experts: Lawrence A. Kudlow, Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, Editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society on A Closer Look on Relevant Radio
Posted: Tue. February 13, 2018, 11:23am PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on A Closer Look on Relevant Radio with host Shelia Liaugminas. Whaples discusses the dialogue Pope Francis called for in his 2015 encyclical. The Pope's upbringing in Argentina has formed his economic beliefs, but according to Whaples, the surest way to shrink poverty is to unleash a free market along with a strong cultural and political system which reminds people of the moral decisions we make everyday as consumers.

Recorded: Tue. November 7, 2017
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Research Fellow Robert Whaples on Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Catholic Radio
Posted: Fri. February 9, 2018, 2:25pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society is interviewed on the Son Rise Morning Show and talks about the book which is an answer to the call for a dialogue on charity, poverty, and the environment. Whaples discusses how a group of mostly economists were brought together to describe how capitalism can bring more people out of poverty and help the environment, better than centralized government programs.

Recorded: Tue. October 17, 2017
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, Author of Failure on the Mike Schikman Radio Show
Posted: Fri. February 9, 2018, 2:17pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children , appears on the Mike Schikman radio show on WSVA in Virginia to talk about school choice advances. Alger recently published a Policy Report, Customized Learning for California, which shows how Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) and tax-credit scholarships offer parents more choices for their children as an alternative to their assigned public schools.

Recorded: Thu. February 8, 2018
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio

Climate Illuminated, Terry Gannon, PhD
Posted: Wed. February 7, 2018, 9:43am PT

Terry Gannon presents an analysis on climate at the Independent Institute on December 6, 2017.

Recorded: Wed. December 6, 2017
Experts: Terry L. Gannon
Type: Independent Institute Event