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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.)

       
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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

       
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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

       
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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

       
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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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Senior Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. on the Death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
Recorded: Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on Larry Conners USA on KTRS radio, to talk about US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his impact on the Supreme Court and the US Constitution. A strict constitutionalist, Scalia rejected the idea that the Constitution is a “living, breathing” document. Watkins offers his unique perspective on Antonin Scalia and his legacy for America. Watkins also talks about the future of the court and how and when a replacement for Scalia might be chosen. He says “Our Constitution is more in jeopardy than it has been for a long time.”

Experts: William J. Watkins Jr.
Type: Radio
Issues: Constitutional Law

       
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Stop Demonizing China: Senior Fellow Ivan Eland on KTRS Radio’s Larry Conners USA Program
Recorded: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Presidential candidate Donald Trump and the New York Times have recently demonized China for its relationship with Iran, but Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland cautions against such rhetoric. Economically, China is not much of a threat, says Eland. China’s thirst for oil might actually help drive down the price of oil. Criticizing China for human rights violations usually leads to a backlash that harms dissidents. China’s territorial claims in the South China Seas are too far away for the US to be concerned about, says Eland. China is often seen as the evil enemy some politicians in the US need to appear as if they are strong candidates.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio

       
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The Case for Selling Your Organs: Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall interviewed on Minnesota Public Radio
Recorded: Monday, December 21, 2015

Research Fellow Abigail R. Hall recently wrote an Op-Ed in Forbes about the solution to the growing need for organ transplants: allowing the sale of human organs. Hall rebuts critics who say only poor people would sell their organs, or the practice is morally objectionable. On the contrary, she says. By legalizing the sale of organs, thousands of lives could be saved and desperate, long waits for organ donations would ease.

Experts: Abigail R. Hall Blanco
Type: Radio

       
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