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Posted: Tue. September 20, 2022, 3:42pm PT

Is President Biden’s massive student loan forgiveness really wise? Then looking at the K-12 world, teacher unions pushed hard to keep the schools closed as long as possible, but at what cost to students? We now have hard evidence that keeping kids out of the classroom tanked their test scores. Also, university history professors are going all in on wokeness. Finally, after the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, how should we assess his legacy?

Posted: Tue. September 13, 2022, 2:38pm PT

Independent Institute Research Associate and Editorial Coordinator Jonathan Hofer, author of California Golden Fleece ® Report “The Pitfalls of Law Enforcement License Plate Readers in California and Safeguards to Protect the Public” appears on the Jim Bohannon radio show. Hofer discusses the issue of privacy, abuse, and misuse of automated license plate readers which have the potential to violate the Constitutional rights of innocent motorists.

Posted: Sat. September 10, 2022, 9:33am PT

Sr. Fellow Judy Shelton appears on the Larry Kudlow radio show on WABC. They discuss what Janet Yellen gets wrong about inflation, taxation and the economy. They also talk about the issue of the green economy including energy and climate policy that is hurting the world's economy.

Posted: Fri. August 19, 2022, 4:37pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary Theroux, host of the documentary “Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope” is interviewed about her extensive research on solutions to homelessness. She asserts that solutions must involve multiple services. Theroux highlights some programs that are working, such as Haven for Hope in San Antonio, TX where downtown homelessness has plummeted. The solution isn't as simple as giving someone a home. Causes of homelessness are many so the services needed are many and should be individualized, she says.

Posted: Fri. August 19, 2022, 1:11pm PT

In 2018, Jonathan Hofer was held at gunpoint when the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department's automated license plate reader (ALPR) misidentified the car he was riding in as stolen. It was not stolen. It was a law enforcement database error. Hofer's California Golden Fleece® Award report recommends several limitations on the new technology that can protect the privacy and property of law-abiding citizens from government intrusions.

Posted: Wed. August 17, 2022, 1:47pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux explains her research and how she came to produce the new documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope. She talks about how the problem has been exacerbated by government policies with good intentions. Good intensions will not solve the issue, she says. Solving homelessness will take a coordinated effort to address each person's trauma, addiction, and mental illness on an individual basis.

Posted: Wed. August 17, 2022, 1:03pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux talks about how she became involved in the homelessness issue in San Francisco. She describes how the policy of "Housing First" is not addressing the root of homelessness. If housing is first, she says, what is next? Trauma, addiction, and mental health needs to be addressed before people can live and thrive independently. Mary's documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope tells the story of how San Francisco and other cities can solve the homelessness problem in the US.

Posted: Fri. August 12, 2022, 2:01pm PT

Research Fellow Burton Abrams, author of The Terrible 10 appears on the Gary Nolan radio show.
Abrams talks about some of the ten worst economic policies in US history. Monetary policy during the Great Depression, the subprime mortgage crisis, prohibition, and Hawley-Smoot Act are among the policies that Abrams says are the biggest mistakes of US lawmakers.