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Why California Wastes Millions on Failing Tech Projects | Adam B. Summers
Posted: Thu. April 21, 2022, 4:46pm PT

California has a track record of large-scale IT project failures. My guest today is Adam Summers. He is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. Today he discusses some examples of these failing iT projects, why there is no accountability, and what Californians should do to demand better management of state resources.

Recorded: Sun. November 1, 2020
Experts: Adam B. Summers
Type: TV Appearance

How California’s Policies Have Led to Uncontrollable Fires | Adam B. Summers | California Insider
Posted: Thu. April 21, 2022, 4:43pm PT

California has experienced the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in its history in the last few years. Today we sit down with Adam Summers. Adam is a research fellow at the Independent Institute. He previously worked as an editorial writer and columnist at the Orange County Register and its ten sister newspapers in the Southern California News Group, and he’s a senior policy analyst at the Reason Foundation. Based on Adam’s research, policy makers in California are currently taking a more reactive approach to wildfires. He discusses how the state can become more proactive regarding fire prevention.

Recorded: Sun. December 1, 2019
Experts: Adam B. Summers
Type: TV Appearance

Why Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Has Declined | Lawrence McQuillan
Posted: Thu. April 21, 2022, 4:35pm PT

Recorded: Tue. February 1, 2022
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: TV Appearance

California Wildfires, Explained | Lawrence McQuillan, Director at Independent Institute
Posted: Thu. April 21, 2022, 4:25pm PT

My guest today is Lawrence McQuillan. He is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. He received his PhD in economics, served as Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute, and is also Director of Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute. Today he discusses his perspective into California’s wildfire crisis. His extensive research into forest fires details why we are seeing an increase in wildfires and what precautions we can take to prevent them.

Recorded: Tue. September 1, 2020
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: TV Appearance

Dr. Williamson Evers on California’s State of Education | California Insider
Posted: Thu. April 21, 2022, 4:20pm PT

My guest today is Williamson Evers, an expert on education policy. Dr. Evers headed the Trump-Pence transition's agency review for the U.S. Department of Education. He is now a senior fellow and director of the center on educational excellence at the Independent Institute. His articles have appeared in publications such as Education Week, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor, and he is a past member of the editorial board of Education Next. Today we talk about the state of public education in California.

Recorded: Wed. January 1, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: TV Appearance

“Science is Never Settled” Research Fellow David Legates, co-author of Hot Talk, Cold Science appears on The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser on KQAM radio (KS)
Posted: Wed. April 20, 2022, 11:44am PT

Research Fellow David Legates, co-author of Hot Talk, Cold Science, says despite changing the way businesses operate and spending billions of dollars in cap and trade schemes, we are unable to control the climate. The sun, not carbon dioxide, has a far greater effect on our climate, he says. The climate has always changed and it always will. Climate alarmists and government agencies are regulating and controling more aspects of our lives, making matters worse.

Recorded: Fri. February 25, 2022
Experts: David R. Legates
Type: Radio

“Woke Math in California” Sr Fellow Williamson Evers interviewed on WQAM radio in Wichita, KS
Posted: Tue. April 19, 2022, 4:35pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers is interviewed on WQAM’s The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser. It’s called many different names such as “student led instruction” or “collaborative learning” but what ever name you call it, “woke” math is being introduced into California’s math framework and it’s also finding its way into other states. Evers says it’s a tragedy since children need to learn math in math class, not politics. Learning math is critical for their future employment, especially children whose first language isn’t English. Social justice lessons in math can begin in kindergarten and go through grade 12, says Evers.

Recorded: Tue. April 19, 2022
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Too Many Homeless Are Dying on California’s Streets” Sr. Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux, host of the new documentary “Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope” interviewed on KGO radio San Francisco
Posted: Tue. April 19, 2022, 9:47am PT

Sr. Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux, host of the documentary “Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope” is interviewed on KGO radio in San Francisco. She outlines what can help solve the homeless problem in San Francisco. Housing alone is not the solution, she says. Multiple services are needed as well. Each person must be treated individually in order to solve such a big problem. These services are outlined in the documentary film and also in a policy report published by the Independent Institute.

Recorded: Tue. April 19, 2022
Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Radio