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Jonathan Williams: Rich States, Poor States

BTN PODCAST - Economist Jonathan Williams joins us to discuss the new edition of the Rich States, Poor States book, which evaluates each of the 50 states on taxes and other policies that shape their economies and add to or subtract from the financial well-being of their citizens.

J. Scott Armstrong: Applying the Free Market to College Studies

SRN PODCAST - A new review of research suggests a free-market approach to higher education instruction works better than command-and-control teaching. Analysis author and University of Pennsylvania professor J. Scott Armstrong joins the School Reform News podcast to discuss what's wrong with higher education and how applying free-market principles may help solve it. He thinks the answer may be what he calls "natural learning," or giving adult students more freedom and responsibility to direct their studies.

Ken Cuccinelli: Supreme Court and Obamacare

Benjamin Domenech and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli discuss the Supreme Court consideration of Obamacare.

Talmadge Heflin: Real Texas Budget Solutions

Talmedge Heflin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation explains why a coalition of public policy groups has come together to recommend ways Texas legislators can cut billions of dollars of spending while keeping the state economically strong. Many of the recommendations could be applied in other states as well.

Tom Harris: Energy Hour

ECN PODCAST - International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) executive director Tom Harris explains how ICSC is turning Earth Hour into Energy Hour.

Jim Waters: Armed Guards Against Transparency

BTN PODCAST - Kentucky legislators have been negotiating a new budget in a room that's been roped off and blocked by armed guards to keep people out. Bluegrass Institute President Jim Waters has been one of the leaders in the fight for more budget transparency in Kentucky, where, armed guards notwithstanding, the transparency movement has seen some victories.
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