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Michael Bakalis and Joseph Bast: Education and Race

SRN PODCAST - In this 'best of' podcast Michael Bakalis, the author of "'The Achilles Heel' - A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding and Closing the Black-White Academic Achievement Gap in Our Schools." He was join by Heartland President Joseph Bast. They engaged in a wide-ranging conversation about education and race. Part 1 of 2.

Patrick Wolf: To Help Young Black Men, Obama Should Stop Cutting Vouchers

SRN PODCAST - Among the few cuts inside latest budget proposal from the Obama administration is the DC vouchers program. Given President Obama's recent focus on helping needy young black men succeed, he should instead expand vouchers, if anything, says Patrick Wolf. Wolf is a professor in the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas, and he has done several studies of voucher programs in general and the DC program in particular. His research uncovers that vouchers are among the best of ways to help needy minority kids, and one of the few that save money in the process. Read Wolf's recent blog post on the subject: "Brother, can you spare a scholarship?"

Benjamin Domenech: Latest Obamacare Delay

HCN PODCAST - Brad Jackson and Benjamin Domenech discuss the latest Obamacare delay, how this will help Democrats in November and a new study showing the personal impact of Obamacare.

Nan Swift: Pressing Need for Wireless Tax Fairness

ITTN PODCAST - Taxes on wireless communications services average more than twice as much as taxes on other goods and services. In some states the wireless tax burden is more than three times higher. Nan Swift of the National Taxpayers Union discusses a bipartisan bill in Congress that aims to put a five-year moratorium on new taxes on wireless services. Learn more in the 'best-of' podcast.

Mary Tillotson: The World of Education Reporting

SRN PODCAST - More education outlets are setting up shop across the country. Mary Tillotson, education reporter for Watchdog.org, talks about her experiences opening a new education bureau, why education reporting has to be different in every state, why education reporting often seems slanted liberal, and what she's learned about education in the past several months.

Dan Alban: Federal Court Slaps Down IRS . . . and Big Tax Preparers

BTN PODCAST - In another example of big business aligning itself with big government, the nation's largest tax preparer firms and tax software companies worked with the Internal Revenue Service to impose a burdensome licensing scheme on hundreds of thousands of professional tax preparers, many of whom are small mom-and-pop operators. But the District of Columbia Appeals Court has upheld a lower-court ruling against the move and the crony capitalism that was behind it. Attorney Dan Alban of the Institute for Justice was the lead attorney for the victorious plaintiffs, and he joins us to explain the case and why it's a victory not just for tax preparers but for taxpayers as well.
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