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“California Fires and PG&E” Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Thu. October 31, 2019, 9:15am PT

Who is to blame for millions of people having their power shut off due to possible wind damage to electric power lines in fire prone areas? Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan says blame is to be share between the utility's governing board, state fire agencies and other bureaucrats in California who have prioritized green initiatives instead of safety upgrades. This could have the effect of pushing businesses out of the state due to the high costs of operating in California, says McQuillan.

Recorded: Wed. October 30, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

Ivan Eland: The Impact of War on the Presidency
Posted: Sat. October 26, 2019, 10:17am PT

Based on his Independent Institute book, “War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure,” Dr. Ivan Eland speaks on “The Impact of War on the Presidency” for a luncheon hosted by the Committee for a Responsible Foreign Policy, on September 10, 2019, in Washington, D.C. He is introduced by John A. Burtka IV, Executive Director of "The American Conservative" magazine.

Dr. Eland is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute, and his many other books include “Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty;” “Eleven Presidents: Promises vs. Results in Achieving Limited Government;” “No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East,” “The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed,” “Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq,” and “Putting ‘Defense’ Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World.”

Buy the Independent Institute book: “War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure,” by Ivan Eland

Recorded: Tue. September 10, 2019
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Other Event

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples appears on the Wayne Allyn Root radio show
Posted: Fri. October 18, 2019, 5:00pm PT

Sr. Fellow Robert Whaples, co-editor of the Independent book In All Fairness: Equality, Liberty, and the Quest for Human Dignity appears on the Wayne Allyn Root radio show. How does redistributing wealth hurt the poor, not help them? Robert Whaples addresses the matter of inequality and what to do about it. Does the government have a role in "doling out" equality?

Recorded: Fri. October 18, 2019
Experts: Robert M. Whaples
Type: Radio

Research Fellow Vicki Alger appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show
Posted: Thu. October 17, 2019, 3:44pm PT

Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children appears on the Andy Caldwell radio show. She discusses the state of charter schools in America. Charter schools are thriving due to competition for students. Parents deserve a choice in their children's education, says Alger.

Recorded: Thu. October 17, 2019
Experts: Vicki E. Alger
Type: Radio

“PG&E Shutoffs” Lawrence McQuillan appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Wed. October 9, 2019, 3:47pm PT

Pacific Gas & Electric has shut off power to almost one million customers in Northern California as high winds are forecast which may cause fires to start. Fires started by PG&E equipment have destroyed thousands of homes in the past, so PG&E is taking this step to prevent devastating wildfires. Lawrence McQuillan outlines how PG&E is devoting resources to "green energy" instead of taking precautions to prevent wildfires. McQuillan offers some alternatives that would save money and help manage wildfires which power companies could implement.

Recorded: Wed. October 9, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

Richard Vedder: Realistic Solutions to Big College Problems
Overhauling the Higher Education Act

Posted: Tue. October 1, 2019, 10:05am PT

American higher education is in a bad place: public confidence is dropping, prices and student debt are crushing, political correctness in curricula is widespread, and free speech and academic freedom are under attack. At this Cato Institute event held 9/18/19 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) leads off by discussing his interest in finding solutions to the many problems with higher education policy. We then hear from the authors and editors of three important new books tackling higher education’s myriad ailments and how to fix them. Many things must change in the ivory tower, and this program presents clear, grounded ideas about what those should be.

Opening remarks by The Honorable Rick Scott, United States Senator, Florida; Featuring Richard K. Vedder, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Author, Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America; Philip W. Magness, Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research and Coauthor, Cracks in the Ivory Tower: The Moral Mess of Higher Education; and Todd Zywicki, Professor of Law at George Mason University and Coeditor, Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute.

This event was sponsored and the video recorded by the Cato Institute.

Recorded: Wed. September 18, 2019
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Other Event

“Fixing California’s DMV” Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KGO radio’s Chip Franklin Show
Posted: Wed. September 25, 2019, 4:45pm PT

Description: California's Department of Motor Vehicles is in shambles, and its “solution” is to receive more taxpayer money. Long lines (even with an appointment), poor service, and mismanagement are the norm for the the DMV. It's about to get worse as Californians will need a "Real ID" in order to fly after October 1, 2020. The DMV has the dishonor of "winning" the latest California Golden Fleece® Award

Recorded: Tue. August 6, 2019
Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio

“US Troops Pulled out of Iraq” Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Fri. September 20, 2019, 2:33pm PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of War and the Rogue Presidency appears on the Lars Larson radio show to speak about US troops and whether they are needed in Iraq. President Trump has said all non essential personal will leave Iraq. What are the interests of the US in places such as Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

Recorded: Thu. May 16, 2019
Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Radio