RealClear Radio Hour – Kaplan CEO Tom Leppert Podcast

7 Jul

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Raising Barriers to Education
JUL 5, 2014

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Tom Leppert, former mayor of Dallas and CEO of Kaplan Inc., discusses Kaplan’s career colleges, how they serve largely at-risk communities, and their success rates with graduation and career placement compared to those of traditional institutions. Leppert discusses why proposed rules like the Department of Education’s gainful employment regulation unfairly target for-profit schools and will eliminate access to education for those in greatest need.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe Podcast

6 Jul

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Practicing and Preaching Technological Innovation
JUL 5, 2014

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Bob Metcalfe, University of Texas at Austin Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise, provides his take on the classic success story of the Internet since its birth in 1969. Metcalfe discusses his contributions in founding 3Com and inventing the Ethernet, his enduring love of startups, and his commitment to help Austin surpass Silicon Valley.

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Forbes – John Tierney Channels Julian Simon, Debunks Environmental Gloom and Doom

30 Jun

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The end is not near, the doomsayers are consistently wrong, and Mother Gaia will not punish us for being human

The idea that we’re running out of natural resources seems obvious, though untrue. How can that be? Resolving this conundrum requires understanding why human ingenuity is the Ultimate Resource, as the late economist Julian Simon called it in his classic book by that name. First published in 1981, its insights remain valuable today.

For an in-depth look into Julian Simon’s legacy, we turn to John Tierney, longtime New York Times columnist, science writer, co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, and winner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 2014 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award. He holds court this week on RealClear Radio Hour.

Over the last three decades, Tierney has made a career out of calmly and patiently deconstructing the new religion of environmentalism, the politically correct worship of “pristine” Mother Earth, and the notion that the world is going to hell in a hand basket unless we all repent, and soon. With facts at his side, Tierney has long provided a strong antidote to the fear mongering that passes for science reporting these days. And how he arrived at his insights makes for a great story.

To read the rest of the column at Forbes.com click here.

RealClear Radio Hour – Lisa Kennedy Montgomery Podcast

29 Jun

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JUN 28, 2014

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Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (“Kennedy”), host of The Independents on Fox Business and former Los Angeles radio disc jockey and MTV VJ, shares stories about her colorful media career, her out-of-sync politics, and journey of self-discovery.

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RealClear Radio Hour – John Tierney Podcast

29 Jun

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On the Ultimate Resource
JUN 28, 2014

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John Tierney, longtime New York Times columnist, science writer, co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, and winner of the 2014 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award, discusses how his mentor, the prize’s famous humanist and namesake, inspired his career path to challenge the preachers of doom’s stranglehold on popular media.

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Forbes – The Rise Of Uber Should Have Politicians, Regulators And Crony Capitalists Shaking With Fear

23 Jun

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Captive regulators and machine politicians can’t stop the onslaught of digital competition

Consumers love choice and convenience, especially when it comes to getting from point A to point B. So as Uber takes the world by storm, the days of people having their travel choices constrained by antiquated regulations seem to be coming to an end. In the process many are realizing that such rules are designed not to protect consumers, but to enrich rent-seeking cronies.

Of course, that won’t stop entrenched taxi cartels from calling in their political chits in a futile attempt to stop the future from arriving. But as the social networking aspects of the mobile Web enables consumers to make their voices heard, it’s just a matter of time before they overwhelm the crony capitalists, regulatory bureaucrats, and machine politicians desperately trying to defend their shaky turf.

Uber’s distributed smartphone app is leaping from city to city as quickly as the Internet can spread the news of how much easier and more convenient it is than hailing a cab or booking a limo. This week, on RealClear Radio Hour, I spoke with Uber Northeast Regional General Manager Rachel Holt, who outlined the company’s strategy for global growth.

To read the rest of the column, click here.

RealClear Radio Hour – Uber and Norwegian Air Fight Entrenched Cartels

22 Jun

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Uber: The New Transportation Technology Everybody Loves. . . Except Politicians

JUN 21, 2014

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Rachel Holt, Regional General Manager for Uber East Coast, tells the ride sharing company’s story from its early days in 2010. She notes that while Uber’s transportation model has been met with overwhelming support from both customers and drivers, politicians continue to respond to the interests of outmoded taxi cartels.

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Norwegian Air: Fighting Congress for Customers and Affordable Transatlantic Travel

JUN 21, 2014

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Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air, recounts how since he took over the near bankrupt airline, essentially by happenstance, two decades ago, and how the company has grown into a competitive global fleet carrier. Kjos, who prioritizes customers and efficiency, has proposed offering flights between the U.S. and Europe for under $500, but has been stalled by pushback from unions and Congress.

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