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Posted: Tue. January 31, 2023, 3:58pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux is the narrator of the award-winning film “Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope” which demonstrates how San Antonio, TX has decreased downtown homelessness over the last decade. Such a program can work in the San Francisco Bay Area, she says, because it addresses all the factors for each individual who is experiencing homelessness. California follows federal law explicitly with its “Housing First” policy, but housing isn’t the root issue of people on the streets of California. She says the foundation of the homeless problem is usually mental illness and childhood trauma that leads to self-medication and substance abuse issues.

Posted: Wed. January 25, 2023, 1:34pm PT

Sr. Fellow Christopher J. Coyne, author of In Search of Monsters to Destroy discusses the out of control defense budget, and the pentagon lack of accountability for trillions of dollars through systematic corruption inherent in adventures abroad. Earning wealth through political means, Coyne says, is worse than socialism. It's more akin to facism and the costs are enormous and understated.

Posted: Mon. January 23, 2023, 3:54pm PT

It turns out that former Presidents and Vice Presidents walk away with classified documents. But is it okay if you keep your stash in a locked garage next to your Corvette? Or maybe the issue gets blown out of proportion since the government classifies too many documents in the first place? Also, Ron De Santis is taking on the woke warriors in Florida. But is he going about it the right way? On another front, how long will government hold onto special emergency powers as the Covid crisis fades? We discuss these issues and much more.

Posted: Fri. January 20, 2023, 11:48am PT

In this episode of “Independent Truths with Dr. Scott Atlas,” Dr. Atlas welcomes Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Jay and Scott have an illuminating conversation about Dr. Bhattacharya’s experience as a voice of reason during the COVID pandemic, and how we move forward as a society to restore trust and ethics in science and public health.

Posted: Thu. January 19, 2023, 11:18am PT

Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms talks with Dana Loesch about the charges against actor Alec Baldwin resulting from the 2021 shooting on the set of the movie "Rust." Halbrook also discusses the ATF (and the Biden administration) and their history of changing the regulation of pistol braces. Halbrook says the executive branch is trying to make a criminal law, which is unconstitutional.

Posted: Tue. January 10, 2023, 12:02pm PT

Dr. Atlas welcomes Mary Theroux, Chairman and CEO of the Independent Institute, as his first ever guest to the new show “Independent Truths with Dr. Scott Atlas”. Together, they discuss why they wanted to start the podcast, what they hope to accomplish, and why they felt it was important to do at this moment.

Posted: Tue. December 20, 2022, 1:32pm PT

Steve Hanke, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, joins John Cochrane, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, in discussing the root causes of inflation, and how high inflation will likely be in 2023.

Posted: Tue. December 13, 2022, 1:20pm PT

The U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing oral arguments in a number of explosive cases, including the freedom of web designers to choose what version of marriage they will adorn through their work, plus cases dealing with Joe Biden’s executive order transferring student loan debt from borrowers to taxpayers, and Harvard’s race-based admissions policies. At the same time, Elon Musk’s Twitter revelations shed light on politicians influencing social media policies, and also we are now learning shocking back story of the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange.