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Francis Cianfrocca: Obamacare Opening Day Glitches

HCN PODCAST - Benjamin Domenech talks with Francis Cianfrocca about the technical glitches in Obamacare.

Leslie Loftis: An American Housewife on Moms, Schools, and England

SRN PODCAST - The people who really know what’s going on in school are mothers. And they compare notes obsessively. Joining the podcast to do just that is Leslie Loftis. She's a lawyer, writer, and mother of four who blogs at An American Housewife in Texas. She discusses the cultural differences between Americans and the British and what this means for their schools, the American obsession with managing children like a business, and how moms can feel at home advocating for and understanding their kids.

Benjamin Domenech: Obamacare's Launch

HCN PODCAST - Benjamin Domenech discusses Obamacare's launch

Seton Motley: Republican Leaders Backing Tax Increase, Expanded Tax Reach

ITTN PODCAST - Much of the Republican Party leadership in Congress appears to be in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would allow taxation of purchases people make over the Internet, no matter where the buyers and sellers are located. Seton Motley of StopNetRegulation.org sees the support as another example of crony capitalism and political leadership disdaining the views of rank-and-file voters.

Brian Kisida: How Field Trips Help Kids

SRN PODCAST - The first gold-standard study of how field trips to an art museum benefit kids finds they expand kids' critical thinking, ability to connect with history, interest in and knowledge about art, and more. These positive effects are three times the size, in several cases, for poor and minority kids. Study coauthor Brian Kisida joins the podcast to discuss "The Educational Value of Field Trips." He discusses the decline of field trips due to decades of emphasis on math and reading test scores, how schools can balance competing demands for art instruction among everything else they have to do, and how, specifically, a free trip to a museum helps children become civilized humans.

Michael LaFaive: Right-to-Work States Have Stronger Growth

BTN - The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has studied many decades of data on right-to-work states -- where workers don't have to join a union to hold a job -- and has concluded those states enjoy stronger growth in personal incomes, employment and population. Report co-author Michael LaFaive of the Mackinac Center joins us to discuss the findings.
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