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Isaac Orr: Park Foundation and Anti-Fracking Movement

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr discusses the Park Foundation and the NY Anti-fracking movement.

Brian Wise: 'Operation Choke Point' is Fundamentally Changing Commerce for the Worse

FIRE PODCAST -The Obama Administration has launched a program called "Operation Choke Point" with the justification of preventing consumer fraud, but legitimate businesses including those in the firearms, lending, tobacco and gambling industries are losing their bank accounts and ability to stay in business. "This fundamentally changes the liability that banks have when they do business with their customers . . . If you could imagine, now the bank that a certain casino does business with, that bank is now liable for not only knowing how that casino is receiving their money, but it's also now liable for knowing how the casino's clients are receiving their money."

Issac Orr: Wastewater Disposal Wells

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr discusses GAO Findings on EPA Fracking Injection Wells.

Paul Horton: Why Kids Need Slow Reading

SRN PODCAST - You’ve heard of slow food, but what about slow reading? Paul Horton is a history teacher currently at the Chicago Lab School, and has been teaching for 30 years. He’s recently written an article “in defense of slow reading.” He joins the podcast to discuss how overuse of technology isolates children, disrupts a teacher's relationships with students, and prevents the thoughtful analysis that only comes from sustained reflection. Here's a book we mention in the podcast: "SlowReading in a Hurried Age," by David Mikics.

Scott Hodge: How Government Skyrockets College Costs

SRN PODCAST - Tax credits for higher education disproportionately benefit higher income families, have failed to stop the increase in student loan debt, and contribute to the rising cost of college tuition, says a new report from the Tax Foundation. Joining the podcast to discuss this report is its coauthor, Scott Hodge. Hodge is also president of the Tax Foundation. He explains how, in trying to help families pay for college, government has instead made college astronomically expensive.

Pete Sepp: US Senate Trying to Attach Bad Internet Tax Bill to Good One

ITTN PODCAST - The National Taxpayers Union and R Street Institute have been surveying likely voters in 20 states and visiting states to discuss a federal bill to allow states to tax Internet sales no matter where buyers and retailers are located. By margins of 2-to-1 or more, respondents oppose the measure, says Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union. He says they not only dislike the idea of having to pay more for online purchases because of higher taxes; they also oppose it because of the government intrusiveness that would go with it. But U.S. Senators led by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois are angling to attach the online sales tax bill to another popular bill that would permanently ban Internet access taxes. The Senate vote could happen any day.
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