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Posted: Mon. March 26, 2018, 3:22pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on WMT Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA on the fifth anniversary of the selection of Pope Francis. Whaples discusses how the Pope's ideas on the environment and capitalism are more well known than most of his predecessors. The discussion touches on social justice and how the Pope doesn't see how a market economy can help poor people and also help save the earth's resources.

Posted: Mon. March 26, 2018, 2:58pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society is interviewed on The Josh Tolley show. What is the best way to help our brothers and sisters who are in need? Trading voluntarily shows how free markets have the power to lift others out of poverty, which is one of the major themes of the book. More than governments, markets can help the less fortunate through the action of individuals. Over the last few decades, more than a billion people worldwide have been moved above the absolute poverty line, mostly through capitalism, property rights and by worldwide trading, says Whaples. The Pope doesn't see this because of his "blind spots" in regards to capitalism.

Posted: Mon. March 12, 2018, 5:01pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on The Mike Siegel radio show to discuss the Pope's comments on poverty, the environment, economics and charity. Whaples talks of the Pope's mistrust of capitalism to solve some of the world's pressing issues today. Private charity is unleashed by applying natural-law, moral and economic principles and can be far more effective and efficient than the government redistribution favored by Pope Francis, says Whaples.

Posted: Mon. March 12, 2018, 2:50pm PT

Professor Robert Whaples talked about the latest jobs numbers and the Trump administration’s trade policies.

Posted: Mon. March 12, 2018, 2:44pm PT

Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appears on WGN radio to discuss the latest in proposed talks between the US and North Korea and the goal of denuclearizing North Korea. Eland talks about the different scenarios for talks including the history of similar negotiations in other countries. He also discusses the role of China as an ally of North Korea and the role of US support and defense of South Korea.

Posted: Fri. March 9, 2018, 1:24pm PT

President Trump says he will meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to discuss denuclearization of North Korea. Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of Eleven Presidents: Promises vs. Results in Achieving Limited Government talks about the history of negotiations with North Korea and what the proposed meeting might mean for stabilization of the Korean peninsula and future relations with the U.S.

Posted: Wed. March 7, 2018, 10:32am PT

MSNBC reporter Richard Engel interviews North Korean refugee Yeonmi Park. Yeonmi Park was honored with the Alexis de Tocqueville Award by the Independent Institute on September 22, 2017.

Posted: Wed. February 28, 2018, 6:55pm PT

Research Fellow Robert Whaples, editor of Pope Francis and the Caring Society appears on the Cato Institute's Free Thoughts Podcast. Whaples discusses Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si' in which the Pope calls for a dialogue on topics such as the environment, poverty and charity. Hosts Trevor Burrus and Aaron Powell discuss the background of the Pope and how the leader of the Catholic church is seeking to earnestly solve the world's social problems. Whaples, an economic professor, discusses how such things as private property rights can help protect the environmental, and how capitalism can fight poverty and lift up the poor.