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Posted: Fri. September 30, 2022, 2:50pm PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of the California Golden Fleece® Award “California Wildfires: Key Recommendations to Prevent Future Disasters” is interviewed on The Mike Ryan radio show. McQuillan discusses his recommendations to reduce wildfires. The recommendations include proactive forest management, conducting more prescribed burns to thin the forest fuels, and much more. McQuillan also recommends allowing private property owners to more easily remove trees, especially near communities.

Posted: Thu. September 29, 2022, 5:09pm PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of the California Golden Fleece® Award “California Wildfires: Key Recommendations to Prevent Future Disasters” appears on the Andy Caldwell show to discuss ways that California can manage forests to prevent large wildfires. Recent fires could have been prevented by reducing fuels and thinning the forest, but the federal government, the owners of the forest, delayed the plan. Local land owners and communities are better incentivized to manage forests, McQuillan says, which would reduce the ocurance of megafires in California.

Posted: Wed. September 28, 2022, 1:47pm PT

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of "California Wildfires: Key Recommendations to Prevent Future Disasters" is interviewed on the Bryan McClain radio show. McQuillan talks about the ways that California can better manage forest fires with prevention methods that are less expensive than fire suppression, which happens once a fire starts. McQuillan also talks about public policies that can improve the overall health of forests fostering private property rights.

Posted: Tue. September 20, 2022, 12:43pm PT

Dr. Williamson Evers (Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education)
Mr. Michael DC Bowen (Co-Founder of Free Black Thought)
Mr. Eli Steele (Award-winning Filmmaker and Writer, Fox News, CFER Advisor)

Mr. Mars Cheung (Volunteer at Foundation against Racism & Intolerance)

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.