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Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft bring you episode #168 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 episode features work from the R Street Institute and the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
Donny and John start of the shop with a few short segments. The first being an update on the gas tax situation in France. French president Macron reportedly delayed the fuel-tax increase for six months. Next, Donny brings up a story about how a young boy’s testimony led to a small Colorado town to overturn a ban on snowball fights. Why do laws like this exist? Can they still be enforced?
In the first main section of the podcast, Donny and John talk about a report by the R Street Institute titled “America’s Dumbest Drinks Laws.” The report covers 12 of the worst alcohol-related laws still on the books in states across the country. After reflecting on these laws, Donny brings up a few recent calls to not only double down on these laws, but to go one step further and bring back prohibition.
Donny and John then talk about a Mississippi Center for Public Policy article titled “The Mob Attacks Rudolph.” The article was penned to respond to a small but vocal group slandering the classic Rudolph story as racist, homophobic, and bigoted. Donny and John give their take on the issue and other similar “controversies” surrounding classic Christmas songs.
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