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Posted: Mon. June 13, 2022, 2:24pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux is interviewed on WBAP in Dallas, TX. Mary talks about the documentary she produced and narrated: Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope which addresses the issues that create homelessness and the solutions needed to solve it. Housing is not the only issue facing the homeless. Many are dealing with trauma, addiction, and mental illness. The solution involves bringing private and public organizations together in one place to address individual needs. It's working in San Antonio, TX and it can work in California too.

Posted: Thu. June 9, 2022, 2:06pm PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on The Dawn Stensland show on WPHT in Philadelphia. Evers discusses his recent Op-Ed in the Washington Examiner highlighting Stanford's policies of stifling students' free speech and the University's control over ideology of race relations and social systems of Stanford students. Evers says Stanford's bureaucracy has grown as students' freedom is shrinking due to the social justice policies of the school.

Posted: Wed. June 8, 2022, 9:58am PT

Sr. Fellow Williamson Evers appears on TNT Radio's Joseph Arthur and the Technicolor Dreamcast. Evers discusses his career in analyzing education policy and covers topics such as the federal role in education and the indoctrination of social justice policies in classrooms.

Posted: Tue. June 7, 2022, 1:57pm PT

What’s behind the outbreak of mass shootings and what can stop it? Would banning more types of guns, or more features of guns, or giving officials more power to seize guns, solve the problem? Or is a more radical solution necessary, as argued by those who say the U.S. Constitution is the obstacle to safety? Is there wisdom in President Biden’s plan to cancel college student debt, or would that degrade student borrowers while further boosting inflation? –which now looms as Americans’ greatest anxiety.

Posted: Tue. June 7, 2022, 12:49pm PT

Learning at Stanford University is being replaced with training of future members of the managerial elite in the ideology of wokeness and social justice. Stanford wants students to live up to the University's ideology and not have havens where they can live according to their own values, according to Evers, who received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford. He also worked on the Stanford campus for decades. Free speech is declining at Stanford, according to an evaluation by The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE). Williamson Evers recently wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Examiner titled "At Stanford, the New Applied Science Is Social Engineering."

Posted: Thu. May 26, 2022, 9:11am PT

How can it be that New York State’s gun control laws—some of the toughest in the country—failed to stop a race-crazed killer who unleashed his mania on innocent citizens in Buffalo, NY? Also, why is baby formula suddenly in short supply? How about galloping inflation? Is the U.S. Treasury Secretary right that Build Back Better’s federal spending surge played only a small part in rising prices? And looking abroad, should Americans be sanguine about NATO expansion to Sweden and Finland, under the general theme of “Serves him right!”?

Posted: Wed. May 25, 2022, 3:34pm PT

In this Independent Conversation, Senior Fellow and author Stephen P. Halbrook is interviewed by Dr. Graham H. Walker (Executive Director, Independent Institute) to discuss the Supreme Court’s upcoming gun rights decision on New York State’s discretionary-license law and Ukraine’s experience with an armed citizenry during the Russian invasion sheds light on the underlying issues.

Posted: Wed. May 11, 2022, 11:18am PT

Policy Report: “Critical Math” Doesn’t Add Up: Race Consciousness and Radical Egalitarianism in the Curriculum

California is in the process of revising its Mathematics Framework, a nearly thousand-page document which provides guidance on how to teach K-12 math in public schools. The public commenting period ends May 16 and Ze’ev Wurman has commented quite a lot, including co-writing an open letter to California state leadership condemning the framework. The letter was signed by over 1,200 professionals—mostly university-level professors in STEM subjects, science, tech, engineering, and math. Since the letter, some elements of the framework have been revised, but Wurman, research fellow at Independent Institute, says the core of his criticism still stands.