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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.

Kate Apfelbaum: How to Help Thousands of Poor Kids Get Into High-Quality Schools

SRN PODCAST - Massachusetts has some of the best public and charter schools in the country--its charter schools help low-achieving kids learn twice as much in a school year as their counterparts in traditional schools. But 10,000 kids in poor school districts sit on charter school wait-lists, because the state restricts charter school enrollment.

Nick Dranias: State Compacts Could Force Federal Budget Amendment

BTN PODCAST -States have the power to amend the U.S. Constitution, but it's an arduous process. Constitutional scholar Nick Dranias of the Goldwater Institute says "compacts" among the states could significantly ease the process. He and other scholars and policy experts are working together on compacts for a Constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget. Two states have already approved such a compact. Dranias joins us to explain the process.
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