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: Is the American Educational Research Association is advancing a political agenda over actual social science? The American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess thinks so, and joins the podcast to explain why the nation’s largest professional education research organization should stop playing politics or stop receiving public funds. Read his blog post on Rick Hess Straight Up for the backstory. Listen here.
ON TECHNOLOGY: Detroit record store owner Warren Westfall discusses how he uses the Internet to supplement his bricks-and-mortar retail operation, and how online sales now represent 20 percent of his business. Listen here.
ON BUDGET: Remember the Obama stimulus? The hundreds of billions of dollars to save jobs and create new ones? Some of the money is being used to lobby state and local governments to attack soda pop and other sugary drinks. Listen here.
ON FINANCE: C-FIRE Deputy Director R.J. Lehmann talks with Robert Detlefsen, vice president of public policy with the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, about the recently completed National Association of Insurance Commissioners meetings in New Orleans. Listen here.