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Hosts Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft continue to explore the world of think tanks in episode #27 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 James Madison Institute, the Mercatus Center, the John Locke Foundation, the American Energy Alliance, and Reason.
Better Know a Think Tank
In this “Better Know a Think Tank” segment, Donny and John talk to Dr. Bob McClure, President and CEO of the James Madison Institute – a Florida-based think tank. McClure talks about the background of the think tank, what they cover, and what they are currently working on.
Featured Work of the Week
Featured this week is a report by the Mercatus Center titled “How Do Federal Regulations Affect Consumer Prices? An Analysis of the Regressive Effects of Regulation.” The report explains how government regulations impact lower-income families and communities far more than higher-income families.
In the World of Think Tankery
Today Donny and John talk about a report from the John Locke Foundation titled “Certified ‘Green’ Schools: Savings & Benefits Fail To Materialize in North Carolina” The report explains the failure of “green” schools to live up to the promises of energy conservation. They explain what “green” schools are and what the impacts have been so far.
They also talk about coalition of free-market and conservative groups who have joined the American Energy Alliance in signing a letter in support of Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s resolution opposing a carbon tax. Donny and John discuss the the American Energy Alliance’s “10 Reasons to Oppose a Carbon Tax.”
In the last portion of this segment, Donny and John talk about the ongoing situation between Apple and the federal government on the potential decryption of the Iphone belonging to the San Bernardino terrorist.
Linked here is the interview with Edward Snowden that John refers to in the podcast.
Here are a handful of upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.
Civitas Institute – 2016 Conservative Leadership Conference (Fri/Sat, March 4-5) @ the Civitas Institute in Cary, North Carolina
Heartland Institute – Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming: Featuring Heartland President Joseph Bast (Wednesday, March 9) @ The Heartland Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois
CPAC – Conservative Political Action Conference (March 2-5) @ the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.