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Mitch Pearlstein: Vouchers for Minnesota

SRN PODCAST - Because Minnesota was the first state to allow charter schools, that and other forms of public school choice enacted early on in the state may have dampened its taste for vouchers, says a new report from the Center of the American Experiment. But kids--and especially the poor and minorities--would still benefit from vouchers, argues the report author, Mitch Pearlstein. He is founder and president of the center and author of, among other things, From Family Collapse to America’s Decline: The Educational, Economic, and Social Costs of Family Fragmentation. He joins the podcast to discuss the need to cultivate voucher supporters on all sides of the political aisle, the contributions of family breakdown to massive achievement gaps, and why Minnesotans should not think that good schools for some means good schools for all.

Annabelle Canning: Make Internet Tax Moratorium Permanent

ITTN PODCAST - The Internet has become vital to everyday life for most of us. Since 1998 there has been a federal moratorium blocking state and local taxes on access to the Internet, but that moratorium is set to end later this year. Annabelle Canning of the Internet Tax Freedom Act Coalition discusses the importance of the moratorium and the effort to urge Congress to extend it.

Lenore Ealy: How Big Philanthropy Is Corrupting Education and America

SRN PODCAST - Lenore Ealy says there’s an intellectual crisis in U.S. philanthropy between traditionally American-style giving to neighbors and progressive-style giving that neuters individual action and expands government. In a recent journal article, she discusses this intellectual crisis using Common Core national education mandates as a case study. We also discuss how giving can sometimes harm the people it intends to help, how to know the difference, and how to instead help people help themselves. Dr. Ealy is the executive director of The Philanthropic Enterprise.

Wayne Crews: Ten Thousand Commandments, $1.8 Trillion Cost

BTN PODCAST - Federal regulations take at least $1.8 trillion out of the U.S. economy, according to the newest edition of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual Ten Thousand Commandments report. Report author Wayne Crews says the $1.8 trillion figure is a low estimate because many regulatory costs cannot be tracked. Yet Crews says there are some reasons to feel optimistic about the future of regulation.

Isaac Orr: Biofuels Past and Present

ECN PODCAST - Heartland Research Fellow Isaac Orr discusses biofuels and the subsequent subsidies and mandates, past and present.

Brian Fojtik: E-Cigarettes

HCN PODCAST - Brian Fojtik, president of Brownstone Communications, discusses e-cigarettes with Heartland's Jim Lakely in this "best-of" podcast.
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