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“Does the Pope Believe There is No Hell?” Research Fellow Robert Whaples Appears on WCGO Radio
Posted: Mon. April 23, 2018, 4:31pm PT

Pope Francis purportedly told a journalist recently that there is no hell. Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on WCGO radio's "The Hard Question with Blanquita Collum" to discuss the implications of this to Catholics around the world. Whaples says if the Pope doesn't believe in hell, it would be heretical. However, Whaples also adds that the Pope may have been misquoted by the journalist.

Recorded: Thu. April 12, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show
Posted: Thu. April 5, 2018, 10:56am PT

Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France appears on the Conservative Commandos radio show. Halbrook talks about the recent March for Our Lives by students in support of more gun control after a Florida school shooting. He says demonstrators should protest the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Department for their failures to protect students. Schools and citizens need to be prepared and use force against force in order to prepare to defend themselves against criminals, says Halbrook.

Recorded: Mon. March 26, 2018
Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook
Type: Radio

“North Korea/China Relations” Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland on CNBC
Posted: Wed. April 4, 2018, 10:44am PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of Eleven Presidents appears on CNBC to talk about the recent trip to China by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Eland says this is a major message to the world that China is now on friendly terms with North Korea. China is sending a message that the strategic relationship between the two neighbors is important. Eland says this may be an answer to Trump's strong stance against North Korea testing nuclear weapons and the recent appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

Recorded: Wed. March 28, 2018
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television

“Student Safety Scholarships” Research Fellow Vicki Alger, Author of Failure on the Marc Cox Radio Show
Posted: Tue. April 3, 2018, 5:10pm PT

Florida​ recently​ passed a scholarship program called Hope Scholarship Program, to offer scholarships to children who have been bullied at school. Parents can take action immediately to keep their children safe by transferring them to another school, where the student feels safe. The program is completely financed privately. If schools begin to lose students, they will have an incentive to improve safety at the school.

Recorded: Wed. March 28, 2018
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio

How Do You Create Good Profit through Education? | James N. Tooley
Posted: Wed. March 28, 2018, 9:54am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow James Tooley's presentation at the "Good Profit: How Profitable Business Can be a Force for Good" Conference, co-sponsored by the Independent institute with the Napa Institute at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2017.

Recorded: Fri. October 6, 2017
Experts: James Tooley
Type: Other Event

Research Fellow Robert Whaples Appears on WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA
Posted: Mon. March 26, 2018, 3:22pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA on the fifth anniversary of the selection of Pope Francis. Whaples discusses how the Pope's ideas on the environment and capitalism are more well known than most of his predecessors. The discussion touches on social justice and how the Pope doesn't see how a market economy can help poor people and also help save the earth's resources.

Recorded: Thu. March 15, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, Editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society Appears on The Josh Tolley Radio Show
Posted: Mon. March 26, 2018, 2:58pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society is interviewed on The Josh Tolley show. What is the best way to help our brothers and sisters who are in need? Trading voluntarily shows how free markets have the power to lift others out of poverty, which is one of the major themes of the book. More than governments, markets can help the less fortunate through the action of individuals. Over the last few decades, more than a billion people worldwide have been moved above the absolute poverty line, mostly through capitalism, property rights and by worldwide trading, says Whaples. The Pope doesn't see this because of his "blind spots" in regards to capitalism.

Recorded: Wed. March 14, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Robert Whaples on Trump Administration Trade Policies
Posted: Mon. March 12, 2018, 2:50pm PT

Professor Robert Whaples talked about the latest jobs numbers and the Trump administration’s trade policies.

Recorded: Sat. March 10, 2018
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Television