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RealClear Radio Farewell Broadcast

1 Jan

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After three years on the air our experiment in broadcasting a donor-supported NPR-style interview program, with a libertarian rather than a left-liberal editorial perspective, has drawn to a close. I’d like to thank Bloomberg Radio for giving us our start, our anchor sponsor the Competitive Enterprise Institute for its support, and especially our producer Amanda France, whose tireless efforts booking compelling guests, building out our national radio syndicate, and prepping me with research to help bring out our guests’ stories was superb. Learning about, speaking with, and helping spread the ideas of the over 300 guests we’ve had on the show has been a privilege. Their interviews will live on in our podcast library at RealClearRadio.org and in selected rebroadcasts on WBCA Community Radio Boston. Thank you for listening. Please have a safe and prosperous New Year.

And now, without further ado, our final broadcast.

War on Science

December 31, 2016

New York Times columnist and City Journal contributing editor, John Tierney discusses how the political left’s social science monoculture and the hyper-politicization of science has delivered disastrous results. From eugenics to hysteria over global warming, failed science policies are a result of confirmation bias and fatal conceit in today’s science dogma that doesn’t allow challenges to prevailing claims.

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Economic Futures

December 31, 2016

Peter Wallison, senior fellow in financial policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, recommends strategies for the new administration to encourage economic growth and liberalization. Wallison advocates curtailing the legacies of overregulation and the administrative state by dismantling Dodd-Frank and emboldening the judiciary to stand up to overreach instead of mandating strict agency deference.

AEI Portraits - (Photo by Jay Westcott/for AEI)

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RealClear Radio Hour – Reinventing Land Rights in the Ivory Coast

27 Dec

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Reinventing Land Rights in the Ivory Coast

December 24, 2016

Donatien Adou, Scientific Committee Member at Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), discusses the history of political corruption, weak rule of law, and lack of enforceable property rights in his native Ivory Coast. To empower bottom-up development, Adou shares how AIA is encouraging the use of blockchain technology to create land titling and registry systems throughout the country’s valuable agricultural land.

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RealClear Radio Hour – The Presidential Pen

26 Dec

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The Presidential Pen

December 24, 2016

Andrew Grossman, partner at the law firm BakerHostetler and adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, discusses the extra-Constitutional tactics of the modern presidency that have given unbridled, unprecedented discretion to Executive Branch agencies. Grossman outlines executive actions of the Obama administration—from the Clean Power Plan and delays to implementation of parts of the Affordable Care Act to various Dear Colleague letters and regulation by blog post—that are ripe for Executive undoing by the new administration.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Great American Cities’ Heroine

19 Dec

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Great American Cities’ Heroine

December 17, 2016

Robert Kanigel, author of Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs, shares how the renowned urban activist rallied both the political left and right behind her crusade to save New York City from Robert Moses’s flawed urban renewal projects.

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RealClear Radio Hour – City Extortion

18 Dec

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City Extortion

December 17, 2016

Brian Hodges, Principal Attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), tells the story of how his organization, the first public interest group to defend property rights and challenge government overreach, has helped change the American legal landscape. As an example, Hodges details a current case in which PLF is defending an entrepreneurial couple from an unconstitutional attempt by the City of West Hollywood to impose a half-million dollar “affordable housing” permitting fee on their new condominium development.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Pension Crisis

12 Dec

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Pension Crisis

December 10, 2016

Dan Liljenquist, former Utah state senator and president and founder of Liljenquist Strategies, shares how he successfully spearheaded pension reform in Utah, which earned Governing magazine’s 2011 Public Official of the Year award. Liljenquist suggests how chronically underfunded pension programs in states nationwide can avoid the risk of structural bankruptcy such as Puerto Rico suffered this year.

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RealClear Radio Hour – Perversion of Science

11 Dec

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Perversion of Science

December 10, 2016

Marc Edwards, Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Virginia Tech, discusses institutional scientific misconduct in academic and government-funded science. Edwards details how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created and covered up both the D.C. and Flint, Michigan, lead and drinking water crises. He describes how upper management cultivates a culture of corruption to promote their policy agency agenda, risking loss of public trust in science.

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