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“California’s AB5 Law Harms Workers During Pandemic” Independent Institute Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Trevor Carey show on KALZ radio
Posted: Wed. June 17, 2020, 4:36pm PT

Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Trevor Carey show on KALZ radio in Fresno, CA to talk about the effects of California's law known as AB5. The law was passed in 2019 and requires freelance workers, or "gig" workers, to become employees of the company instead of independent contractors. There are many exemptions granted for certain professions, but Uber and Lyft drivers are most affected. Walker outlines how the law hurts those it was intended to help

Recorded: Tue. June 16, 2020
Experts: Graham H. Walker
Type: Radio

COVID-19 and K-12 Education: Challenges and Opportunities | Vicki E. Alger and Graham H. Walker
Posted: Tue. June 16, 2020, 8:48am PT

Schools were closed down for the spring, and many are projected to remain closed for the fall. How will this affect children’s academic development? Some propose handing out “A grades” to each and every student, regardless of their development. Others argue for holding each and every child back for a whole year. "Failure: The Federal 'Misedukation' of America's Children," by Vicki E. Alger: https://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=119

Recorded: Fri. May 22, 2020
Experts: Vicki E. Alger, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV

“Race and Liberty in America—Riots Today vs the 1960s” Research Fellow Jonathan Bean appears on the Jim Bohannon radio show
Posted: Tue. June 16, 2020, 10:51am PT

Research Fellow Jonathan J. Bean, editor of Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, appears on the Jim Bohannon radio show to discuss the riots taking place currently in America, compared to the race riots in the 1960s. Many cities have more diverse police forces and there are several black police chiefs and mayors compared to the 1960s, says Bean. He says that crime rates have also dropped dramatically since then.

Recorded: Mon. June 15, 2020
Experts: Jonathan J. Bean
Type: Radio

“Suspend AB5 to Save Jobs in California” Independent Institute Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Jen and Don show on KTIE
Posted: Mon. June 15, 2020, 11:50am PT

Independent Institute Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Jen and Don show on KTIE in San Bernardino, CA to talk about the California law AB5. The law redefines what a freelancer is in various occupations. It is forcing businesses to hire employees who were contractors. Enforcement of the law, passed in 2019, is now being stepped up. Some similar occupations are treated differently under law as exemptions to AB5 are given to some, but not other jobs. Movers, delivery drivers, nurses, doctors are treated very differently, bringing in to question the purpose of the law which is stifling innovation during a pandemic when jobs are needed most.

Recorded: Thu. June 11, 2020
Experts: Deborah Walker
Type: Radio

Pandemic, Prejudice & Protests: TRM Howard and a Better Urban America | David Beito & Graham Walker
Posted: Sat. June 13, 2020, 1:43pm PT

The tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer has sparked a massive reaction. Peaceful protests are clearly justified. Lawless and opportunistic riots, arson, theft, injuries, and killings are not. At the same time, it is obvious that weeks of COVID-19 fallout coupled with Floyd’s death have put a spotlight on the challenges and desperation that were already afflicting many of our urban communities.

Recorded: Fri. June 5, 2020
Experts: David T. Beito, Graham H. Walker
Type: Independent Institute TV

“AB5 and the California Economy” Executive Director Graham Walker appears on "The Larry O'Connor Show" (KABC-AM)
Posted: Thu. June 11, 2020, 4:35pm PT

California is beginning to enforce AB5, the 2019 law that is forcing Uber and Lyft drivers and other freelance workers in California to become employees of a company, rather than contractors. Independent Institute Executive Director Graham Walker explains how workers want the freedom to work when and where they want, and companies don't want to bear the costs of onboarding part-time drivers. Exemptions to AB5 have been granted to certain occupations, creating "clients" of the California legislature, beholden to them and the unions who granted them exemption from this restrictive law.

Recorded: Thu. June 11, 2020
Experts: Graham H. Walker
Type: Radio

“Time to Listen to the Coronavirus Dissidents” Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa appears on American Medicine Today
Posted: Tue. June 9, 2020, 12:37pm PT

Which countries have handled the COVID-19 crisis best? Sr. Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa's Op-Ed Time to Listen to the Coronavirus Dissidents focuses on which countries have dealt with the pandemic without completely shutting down their economy. Are the heavy-handed policies indeed working? It may depend on how much (or little) bureaucratic intervention and testing the country has.

Recorded: Sat. June 6, 2020
Experts: Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Type: Radio

“Riots in America: Today vs the 1960s” Research Fellow Jonathan Bean appears on the Lars Larson show
Posted: Tue. June 9, 2020, 9:18am PT

Research Fellow Jonathan Bean, editor of the book Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader appears on the Lars Larson national radio show. Similar to the 1960s in America, riots have broken out around the US. There should be no "moral holiday" as happened in the past, but criminals should be held to account, says Bean. Business owners should also be able to protect their property, he says, and not solely rely on law enforcement to stop mobs from attacking during riots.

Recorded: Mon. June 8, 2020
Experts: Jonathan J. Bean
Type: Radio