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Critics of California’s AB-5 Law Argue Gig Work Could Help Economy Recover
Posted: Tue. June 2, 2020, 1:32pm PT

As unemployment numbers continue to rise and claims hit historic levels in California, many are turning to gig work to make ends meet. The Independent Institute is critical of AB5 and is calling for its suspension. The law considers app drivers employees rather than independent contractors. Read the Open Letter to Suspend AB-5.

Recorded: Fri. May 29, 2020
Experts: Graham H. Walker
Type: Television

Civil Liberties and the Surveillance State | Mary L. G. Theroux and Erich J. Prince
Posted: Thu. May 28, 2020, 9:57pm PT

Erich J. Prince (Editor, Merion West) and Mary L. G. Theroux (Senior Vice President, Independent Institute) discuss preserving civil liberties, 4th Amendment concerns, Big Tech, and the surveillance state. They examine everything from whistleblower Edward Snowden to which parties and political groups are sidelining civil liberties, as well as general media and political discourse on First and 4th Amendment concerns.

Recorded: Thu. May 14, 2020
Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Independent Institute TV

“Schools Should Be Open” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the David Webb radio show
Posted: Wed. May 27, 2020, 2:46pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers discusses why schools should open, even summer school because students are falling behind. Teachers are a low risk for contracting COVID-19, says Evers and should be back in the classroom as soon as possible.

Recorded: Wed. May 27, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Pandemic and Leviathan” Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples appears on American Medicine Today
Posted: Wed. May 27, 2020, 1:55pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples talks about the pandemic and its effects on government control of citizens. Whaples discusses the work of Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs who wrote Crisis and Leviathan about the growth of government through crises of economics, war, and now, pandemics.

Recorded: Fri. May 22, 2020
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

“Why Schools Should Open Now” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WBAL radio
Posted: Wed. May 27, 2020, 9:26am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WBAL radio to talk about schools needing to open in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The risk to students and teachers is low, Evers says and students' learning is suffering. Schools, parents, and teachers were not prepared for online learning forced by the pandemic.

Recorded: Fri. May 22, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Schools Should Re-Open” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WESR radio
Posted: Fri. May 22, 2020, 9:38am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WESR radio to talk about re-opening schools after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers are at low risk for being infected as are children under 16-years-old, Evers says. The lockdown of the nation's schools has been an egregious error.

Recorded: Thu. May 21, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“UC Will No Longer Use ACT/SAT Tests in Admissions” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on KCBS radio
Posted: Thu. May 21, 2020, 4:34pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on KCBS radio to talk about University of California Regents voting to suspend ACT and SAT testing requirements for incoming students. Evers says the decision shows a bias against hard-working high school students and especially Asian-American students. He says the UC administration has been moving in this direction for some time. He says the UC faculty actually voted to keep the SAT and ACT tests.

Recorded: Thu. May 21, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

COVID-19 Crisis: Could Coronavirus Be the Great Deregulator? Adam B. Summers and Graham H. Walker
Posted: Wed. May 20, 2020, 4:09pm PT

War, economic depressions, and other emergencies are seen as opportunities by big-government advocates and special interests to ratchet up the size and scope of government, as the Independent Institute’s (retired) Senior Fellow Robert Higgs demonstrated in his seminal book, "Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government." Sadly, the coronavirus outbreak is no different.

Recorded: Fri. May 15, 2020
Experts: Adam B. Summers, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV