Happy 2012 and welcome to the Heartland’s podcasts. This week, listen to a discussion on how to defend freedom in our personal and economic lives. Click the links below to listen, and subscribe on iTunes so you get the latest podcasts as soon as they are produced. (Search for “Heartland Institute” in the iTunes store.)
ON EDUCATION: Researchers are just now quantifying what we’ve known for ages: great teachers are supremely important to students’ intellect, earnings, and character. Vicki Alger has just released a study applying such research to Nebraska, where legislators are joining others across the country in attempting to compose teacher evaluation systems. Listen here.
ON TECHNOLOGY: In his latest white paper, Joseph P. Fuhr Jr. Ph.D. discusses the multiple and significant economic drawbacks of government-owned and operated Internet networks. Listen here.
ON BUDGET: The Ayn Rand Center’s Yaron Brook says to defend freedom in our personal and economic lives, we need to defend the morality behind acting in our own self-interest. Listen here.
ON HEALTH CARE: Ben Domenech discusses health care and entitlement trends under Obamacare. Listen here.
ON FINANCE: C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks to Robert Detlefsen, vice president of public policy with the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, about the burgeoning market for third party-financed lawsuits, and what steps states have been taking to regulate the practice. Listen here.