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The Only Solution to TSA’s Problems: Get Rid of It" Senior Fellow Benjamin Powell on The Chad Benson Show
Recorded: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

With long lines at TSA checkpoints, air travelers are missing their flights and getting fed up. The TSA is not getting any better at customer service because travelers are not their customers. Sr. Fellow Benjamin Powell says the only way to solve the issue to privatize security and make each individual airline responsible for their passengers' security. Competition would make the airlines serve their customer base and passengers can make choices based on security and convenience.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Radio


Why is Liberty Relevant?
Recorded: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Join Independent Institute at the 2016 Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminars. By learning the ethical and economic principles of free societies that are essential to understanding, appreciating, and preparing for real world issues, college-aged students put themselves in the driver’s seat of “The Free Life”: a life of liberty in pursuit of the good. Are you up to the challenge?

More information at

June 20–24, 2016: Santa Clara, California
July 18–22, 2016: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Experts: Martha Ekdahl
Type: Challenge of Liberty Seminars
Issues: Education


Scott Sumner author of "Midas Paradox" on Macro Musings
Recorded: Thursday, March 31, 2016

David Beckworth, host of "Macro Musings" podcast interviewed Scott Sumner, author of "The Midas Paradox", on the content of this book, what caused the Great Depression, monetary economics among other topics.

Thanks to Mercatus Center at George Mason University for the permission to publish this podcast.

Experts: Scott Sumner
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.)


Obama’s Historic Visit To Cuba is the Right Policy
Recorded: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio show on KTRS. Eland says the 50 years of trying to get rid of the Castro brothers has not worked and it’s time for a different policy. Now that the Cold War is over, says Eland, Cuba’s future may be democracy, but not all countries would make good democracies. Cuba must open its economy in some way, he says, because the country needs capital.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio
Issues: Politics


Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco on New Minimum Wage Hikes
Recorded: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Walmart has recently closed stores worldwide and part of the reason some stores closed is because of recent raises in minimum wages, above the federal minimum requirements. Abigail R. Hall Blanco speaks about businesses and the profit margins they have and the effects of higher wage costs imposed on them. KGO Radio, March 22, 2016

Experts: Abigail R. Hall Blanco
Type: Radio


Research Fellow Craig Eyermann on the Solvency of the US Social Security System
Recorded: Monday, March 21, 2016

Presidential candidates have said there must be major changes to the Social Security program, which is on a path to bankruptcy. Research Fellow Craig Eyermann talks about the complex system and the factors that determine how sustainable the system is.
KGO Radio, March 21, 2016

Experts: Craig Eyermann
Type: Radio
Issues: Government Power, Labor and Employment, Taxes


Presidential Promises | Benjamin Powell on Stossel
Recorded: Friday, March 11, 2016

Aired on March 11, 2016, television personality John Stossel (Host of Stossel on Fox Business) presented the ten worst political promises from the US candidates like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz among others. Benjamin Powell, Research Fellow of Independent Institute was invited to analyze these promises.

Experts: Benjamin W. Powell
Type: Television


Michelle Obama’s School Lunches Get an “F” — Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco on KTRS Radio
Recorded: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall Blanco is interviewed on the Larry Conners USA radio program about the effects of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” which was enacted in 2012 and championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Despite its noble goals and good intentions, the lunch program is creating a black market for food that students actually will eat. Studies also show the perverse effects of the program: cutting staff at lunchrooms in schools, layoffs, and deferred hiring. The new rules are prompting kids to throw away more food, among other unintended consequences of the federally mandated school lunch program. March 9, 2016

Experts: Abigail R. Hall Blanco
Type: Radio


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