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Terrence Moore: Common Core's Story Killers

SRN PODCAST - A new book discusses the academic and common-sense case against national curriculum and testing mandates by examining the curriculum this new initiative has engendered, in all its horrors. Dr. Terrence Moore is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, advisor to Hillsdale’s Barney Charter School Initiative, and author of the new book, The Story Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core. He joins the podcast to discuss his book, why teaching real literature is better prep for jobs and life than informational text, what he's learned from testifying before legislatures on Common Core, and more. Read Moore's columns on TownHall.com.

Mike LaFaive: Illinois Could Become Number One . . . In Cigarette Smuggling

BTN PODCAST - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a 75-cent a pack cigarette tax hike, which would give Chicago the highest cigarette tax in the United States. Mike LaFaive of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy calls the mayor's proposal "prohibition by price" and says if the tax increase is enacted, there will be parallels between cigarette smuggling and liquor smuggling that occurred during the Prohibition era that gave rise to Chicago's most infamous gangster, Al Capone.

Dan Pilla: 10 Principles of Federal Tax Policy

BTN PODCAST - Dan Pilla, a taxpayer’s rights advocate who has defended countless tax payers against the IRS, discusses the national income tax: how he thinks it is immoral and unconstitutional. Pilla proposes a national retail sales tax, which he believes will be the best model for America as a whole.

Seton Motley: Technical Difficulties of Healthcare.gov

ITTN PODCAST - Jim Lakely and Matthew Glans discuss the disastrous rollout of Obamacare and some of the technical difficulties of Healthcare.gov

Dan Goldhaber: Teachers' Academic Chops Improve

SRN PODCAST - A new study shows that academic qualifications for prospective teachers are on the rise. Study coauthor Dan Goldhaber joins the podcast to discuss his study, why the average teacher has historically had lower-than-average academic skills, why they've improved a bit, and why this all matters for kids. Goldhaber is the director of the Center for Education Data & Research and a professor at the University of Washington.

Mike Stenhouse: Rhode Island Moving Toward Ending Sales Tax

BTN PODCAST - Mike Stenhouse of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity has been working with the state's Democrat-dominated General Assembly to end or sharply reduce the state's sales tax. It's possible Rhode Island could become the nation's first state to end its sales tax, which falls hardest on the poorest families and puts many of the state's businesses at a disadvantage to business in neighboring states. Stenhouse discusses the pleasantly surprising progress that is being made in Rhode Island to cut or end the sales tax.
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