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John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #90 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Center of the American Experiment, the Mercatus Center, and Empire Center.
Better Know a Think Tank
Donny and John are joined by John Hinderaker, President of the Center of the American Experiment. John discusses his organization as well as the subjects they focus on. He gives insight as to what the important topics are in the state of Minnesota. Donny and John also ask about a new video produced by the Center of the American Experiment titled “Why Can’t Young People Get Out of Their Parents’ Basement” – a video that mimics the popular YouTube “Let’s Play” format. This humorous video illustrates the way the government can stifle the success of the youth.
Policybot Featured Work of the Week
This week’s Policybot featured work of the week comes from the Mercatus Center. This report, titled “The Hidden Costs of Stadium Subsidies,” gives a thorough examination of the concept of public-funded stadium projects. The report gives a brief history as well as a look into the costs and benefits of these projects. The report makes it clear that these projects have major downsides which are rarely discussed when determining policy.
Other Think Tank Works
Next, Donny and John talk about an article produced by the Empire Center out of New York. The article titled “A crazy push for single-payer healthcare in NY,” explains how a plan to introduce a statewide universal health care system is dangerously close to being passed. The author of the article explains why this would be disastrous and what the real costs would be.
In the last segment, Donny asks for John’s opinion on a proposed bill in Louisiana which would require drivers take classes on how to interact with the policy during a traffic stop.