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Posted: Thu. February 23, 2023, 4:00pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux appears on the Shaun Thompson show on WIND radio. She discusses the documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope and how a model that is working to end homelessness in San Antonio, TX can work in other cities too. The key, she says, is to treat each individual and their particular barriers to living independently.

Posted: Tue. February 14, 2023, 2:01pm PT

Dr. Atlas interviews John Yoo, the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, and Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. They have an illuminating conversation about many legal issues that have been exposed by the pandemic and management of the pandemic, such as civil liberties, censorship, and freedom.

Posted: Sat. February 4, 2023, 12:15pm PT

Scott Atlas and Dr. John Ioannidis have an illuminating conversation about the pandemic, what happened in the early days, how our experts failed the American people, what was revealed and how to fix science itself. Dr. Ioannidis is a professor of medicine in the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Professor of Epidemiology at Stanford, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford.

Posted: Thu. February 2, 2023, 2:55pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, Co-Editor and Managing Editor for The Independent Review, is interviewed by Scripps News on why the US should abolish the penny. It costs more to use pennies than they are worth. The time spent making change is worth more than the few cents used in a transaction. The US eliminated the half-penny in the 1860s, so it's time to get rid of the penny now, says Whaples. His research shows that rounding prices to the nearest nickel will save customers money as we transition to a cashless or "coin-less" economy.

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.