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: The waning days of Virginia’s 2012 legislative session are packed with unfinished education bills, which include far-reaching changes to charter schools, virtual schooling, teacher tenure, and a tax credit for private school tuition. Chris Braunlich, a Virginia board of education member and vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute, joins the podcast to outline what’s at stake, how bills have endured the legislative meat grinder, and the politics in play. Listen here.
ON TECHNOLOGY: James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Michigan-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy, discusses the recent report that crowd funding site Kickstarter will disburse more money to arts projects this year than the National Endowment for the Arts. Listen here.
ON BUDGET: After speaking with renowned investors who have been pouring money into gold, economist and author Michael Green decided he should learn more about the topic — and share what he learns. The result is “In Gold We Trust? The Future of Money in an Age of Uncertainty,” a book written with Matthew Bishop of The Economist magazine. It’s hot off the e-presses at Amazon/Kindle. Michael Green discusses gold, government currencies, and possible alternatives. Listen here.
ON HEALTH CARE: Ben Domenech talks with KTLK in Minneapolis/St. Paul on Obamacare exchanges in their state. Listen here.
ON FINANCE: C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with The Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast about his new paper looking at the dismal track record of publicly financed of sports stadiums, and why encouraging more fan-owned teams could be part of the solution. Listen here.