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Episode 20: Education in a Pandemic

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Mike McShane, Director of National Research at EdChoice, to talk about what it looks like for students to go back to school this fall, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. What kind of decisions must be made by...

Episode 19: Habits of a Free Mind

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Pamela Paresky, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chicago and Senior Scholar in Human Development and Psychology at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, to talk about what she calls the “habits of a free mind,”...

Episode 18: Protests and Social Change

  Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Fabio Rojas, Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, during the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 protests, to discuss protests and social change. The conversation covers several important...

Episode 17: Broadening the Horizons of Innovation

Dr. Jennifer K. Thompson is joined by Adam Thierer, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for a conversation about innovation and regulation during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. What stands in the way of entrepreneurship and...

Episode 16: Why Crisis Management Matters for Freedom

Professor Larry Diamond returns to Ideas at Work for a conversation with Jennifer and Mike about democracy and freedom during the COVID-19 crisis. How have different countries responded to the coronavirus? What have democracies around the world done to balance public...

Episode 15: Empowering Entrepreneurs During a Pandemic

This week, Jennifer and Mike are joined by Pacific Legal Foundation's Anastasia Boden for a conversation about economic liberty and competition in the medical industry. Do regulations like Certificate of Needs laws keep out new entrepreneurs and harm the people they...

Show Notes: We Are One Another’s Best Resource: Fighting Poverty

Show Notes: Family Independence Initiative Investing in Families to Escape Poverty - Video from FreeThink Hyde Square Task Force US Census Bureau Report: Poverty: 2017 and 2018 New York Times: Homeownership and Wealth Creation UpTogether platform #GiveTogetherNow...

Episode 14: We Are One Another’s Best Resource

We’ve had a  “war on poverty”  for over 50 years.  And during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re seeing dramatic changes to the social safety net  in an effort to keep Americans housed, fed, and cared for during a national emergency. But what have those on the frontlines in...

Episode 13: There Is No Right Answer

Healthcare is front and center on all our minds, both as a leading policy question for the 2020 presidential race and, in recent days, as we navigate the new realities of life, work, and well-being during the coronavirus crisis. Our guest today, Dr. Bobbi Herzberg, is...

Show Notes: How Infectious Diseases Shape Society

Show Notes:   Economic Freedom of the World Index Further reading: The Parasite Stress Theory of Values Further reading: The Behaviorial Immune System Current research: Historical Disease Prevalence, Cultural Values, and Global Innovation Occupational licensing:...

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Weeding out paranoia

From a seed of truth planted in the soil of a global pandemic seem to bloom a thousand conspiracy theories. Name any aspect of what’s going on, from the origins of the virus, to why the mail is slowing down, and you’re bound to find more than one theory sprouting up...

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Civil Squared: One size does not fit all

I have two teenagers who both want to go back to school in a few weeks—in a building with their friends, not on Zoom. I also have a household member who has a medical condition that puts him at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.   I’m worried about the fall,...

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Are you a moral grandstander?

Sports may be on an indefinite hiatus, but many of us still find ourselves in the stands, just not the ones you’re thinking about. When’s the last time you changed your social media profile picture to support a cause you believe in? How about making a statement about...

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