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Rely on Private Enterprise to “Flatten the Curve” | Graham H. Walker and Raymond J. March
Posted: Fri. April 10, 2020, 1:29pm PT

The U.S. recently overtook Italy as the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19. Some believe this is just the beginning. Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician to the U.S. Congress and Supreme Court, estimates between 70 and 150 million Americans will become infected. The White House has projected COVID-19 will result in between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths.

Recorded: Fri. April 3, 2020
Experts: Raymond J. March, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise appears on the Carolina Journal Radio show
Posted: Mon. April 6, 2020, 12:37pm PT

Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise appears on the Carolina Journal Radio show to talk about the problems facing higher education today.

Recorded: Mon. April 6, 2020
Experts: Richard K. Vedder
Type: Radio

Fear: The Fuel of Government Power—Coronavirus Panic | Mary L. G. Theroux and Graham H. Walker
Posted: Thu. March 19, 2020, 10:19am PT

Graham H. Walker (Executive Director) and Mary L. G. Theroux (Senior Vice President) at the Independent Institute examine the folly and hypocrisy for the Bay Area San March 16th “Shelter in Place” edict.

Recorded: Thu. March 19, 2020
Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV

Fixing Science
Practical Solutions for the Irreproducibility Crisis

Posted: Wed. March 18, 2020, 10:05am PT

Many headline scientific findings in recent years have turned out to be false. They can’t be reproduced—and if you can’t reproduce a result, it isn’t science. The headlines are just the tip of the iceberg. A huge amount of ordinary scientific findings published in peer-reviewed journals doesn't replicate. Something has gone terribly wrong in contemporary scientific procedures.

Science’s failure is called the "Irreproducibility Crisis." It is the result of improper use of statistics, arbitrary research techniques, lack of accountability, political groupthink, and a scientific culture biased toward producing positive results. By some estimates, half of recent scientific research could be irreproducible.

In his presentation, Barry Smith discusses the irreproducibility crisis in ontological terms of misuse of data analysis or p-hacking (selective reporting of data, data fishing, data dredging) and how to restore the scientific enterprise. Dr. Smith is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Julian Park Chair, Philosophy Department at the University at Buffalo.

Recorded: Fri. February 7, 2020 - Sat. February 8, 2020
Experts: Barry Smith
Type: Independent Institute Event

Protecting the Second Amendment
Stephen P. Halbrook and Amy E. Swearer at CPAC

Posted: Thu. March 12, 2020, 11:38am PT

With the many new attacks on the Second Amendment on the federal, state, and local levels, this special session examines these threats and how to protect your right to self-defense. Indeed, the Democratic Party’s major candidates for nomination for President are unanimous in their agreement that your constitutional right to own and bear arms should be radically reduced, and in many cases, completely eliminated. In response, Stephen P. Halbrook (Senior Fellow, Independent Institute) and Amy E. Swearer (Senior Legal Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation) discuss "Protecting the Second Amendment" (2/27/20) at the Conservative Policy Action Conference (CPAC), in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. The session is moderated by Jonathan Hofer (Research and Marketing Associate, Independent Institute)

Recorded: Thu. February 27, 2020
Experts: Stephen P. Halbrook, Amy E. Swearer
Type: Other Event

“Books for Skepticism about Socialism” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WRVA radio
Posted: Fri. March 6, 2020, 11:57am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on WRVA radio to talk about his list of “Best Books on the Folly of Socialism.” Evers discusses how socialism stagnates innovation and is a recipe for collapsing an economy. Students and young people should especially be wary of politicians that promise everything to everyone.

Recorded: Fri. March 6, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Socialism’s Folly” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the Lars Larson radio show
Posted: Fri. March 6, 2020, 9:42am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on the Lars Larson radio show and talks about his list of “Best Books on the Folly of Socialism” which has been downloaded thousands of times. The books on the list detail the pitfalls of socialism and how it stifles innovation, freedom, and liberty.

Recorded: Thu. March 5, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio

“Books on Socialism’s Folly” Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on FreedomWorks radio
Posted: Wed. March 4, 2020, 9:40am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on FreedomWorks radio to talk about his list—“Best Books on the Folly of Socialism- What everyone should know about the practical and moral failures of the socialist project.” The list has been downloaded thousands of times and is required reading to understand Bernie Sanders’ “Democratic Socialism” he touts in his presidential campaign.

Recorded: Wed. March 4, 2020
Experts: Williamson M. Evers
Type: Radio