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Hosts Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft continue to explore the world of think tanks in episode #26 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, roundtable discussions, stories, and light-hearted segments on a variety of topics on the latest news. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Freedom Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the Illinois Policy Institute.
Better Know a Think Tank
In this “Better Know a Think Tank” segment, Donny and John talk to Anne Marie Gurney, Research Analyst at the Freedom Foundation. Anne Marie talks about the background, history and mission of the Washington-based think tank, and what they are currently working on.
The Freedom Foundation also hosts a podcast called Freedom Daily.
Featured Work of the Week
Featured this week is a report by the Heritage Foundation titled “Maine Food Stamp Work Requirement Cuts Non-Parent Caseload by 80 Percent.” The report explains how work requirements and reduce the amount of able-bodied adults without dependents from taking advantage of this societal safety net.
Check where your state is ranked – Heartland 2015 Welfare Report Card
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John discuss an article from the Sutherland Institute on the negative impacts of the Obama administration’s three-year freeze on all new coal leases on federal lands. The article does a great job at describing just how important coal is in these Western states.
They also talk about an article out of the Illinois Policy Institute about how the state of Illinois failed to heed the warning from Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman about the decline fiscal situation. Illinois is the only state in the region that has declined in manufacturing jobs over the past four years.
In last portion of this segment, Donny and John talk about the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Federalist Society, for which Scalia was a member, issued a statement mourning the loss of the Supreme Court Judge.
Linked here is the Heartland Daily Podcast on how Scalia’s passing may effect the Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Union case
Here are a handful of upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.
Mackinac Center – The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure (Tuesday, Feb 23) @ Northwood University in Midland, Michigan
Heartland Institute – Forum on Article V Convention – (Wednesday, Feb 24) @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii (Friday, Feb 26)
Federalist Society – 2016 National Student Symposium: “Poverty, Inequality, and the Law” (Friday, Feb 26-27) @ the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia