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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.

Victor Skinner: Wisconsin Officials Harass Voucher Schools

SRN PODCAST - The man who runs the nation’s oldest voucher program thinks it should not exist. A new report says Wisconsin’s state superintendent Tony Evers and his Department of Public Instruction deliberately harass and discriminate against voucher schools. Joining the podcast is Victor Skinner, author of the report for Education Action Group News and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

James Taylor: Typhoon Haiyan

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James Taylor discusses the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and the myth that climate change is causing an increase in violent storms. Taylor and host Jim Lakely start off by talking about Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, former president of the Chicago Theological Seminary, who wrote a bizarre article in the Washington Post claiming Typhoon Haiyan was “evil” and the typhoon was caused by the “moral evil” of fossil fuel consumption and “the moral evil of climate change denial.”

Ryan Radia: Marketplace Fairness Act

ITTN PODCAST - Jim Lakely and Matthew Glans discuss Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s new attempt to attach the Marketplace Fairness Act internet sales tax bill to the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Radia discusses the problems with the MFA and the effects it could have on the online economy.

Mark Q. Rhoads: Land of Lincoln

FIRE PODCAST - Land of Lincoln, Thy Wondrous Story is the first new history of Illinois in more than forty years. Colorful characters, scandals, and unsung heroes come alive in this new book. Author Mark Rhoads presents a comprehensive and unique perspective on the history of the United States and its 21st state.
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