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On-Demand Medical Testing

Brandon Johnson, founder and president of Boston Microfluidics, shares why his single-drop, self-administered blood test device has been called the Netflix of medical testing. Despite solid results, Johnson reveals the hurdles to securing venture capital financing given the risks of FDA approval. Johnson is now taking his product to market overseas to help screen the heavily infected Egyptian population for hepatitis C.

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On-Demand Internet Service

Charles Barr, founder and president of Webpass, describes how his company is building an organic network of wireless Internet service in cities across the country. One of few competitors to legacy network providers, Barr details the challenges of entering a market that answers to four regulatory regimes: telephone, video, cellular, and fiber. Barr proposes a preemptive Internet franchise solution to encourage greater competition and better, broader service.

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Middle East Renaissance

Ricardo Karam, Lebanese talk show host, producer, and founder of the Takreem awards, shares his image of the Middle East and his mission to redefine the Arab world. In documentaries and with the Takreem awards, Karam combats both stereotypes and the fomenting of sectarian conflicts by celebrating unsung Arab heroes, who are leading by example in entrepreneurship, technological achievements, and elsewhere.

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Panamanian Renaissance

Surse Pierpoint, general manager of the Colón Free Zone and general manager of Colón Import & Export, recounts his family’s and Panama’s roaring history with the free trade zone since its creation in 1948. Pierpoint is now spearheading final implementation of the Colón Puerto Libre, which uses development incentives to encourage urban renewal and commercial expansion beyond the walled-in free zone.

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Fighting Forced Unionism

Rebecca Friedrichs, a California third grade teacher and lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association, and Terry Pell, her attorney and president of the Center for Individual Rights, discuss their recent challenge to forced union dues. Friedrichs and Pell argue that collective bargaining violates the First Amendment rights of teachers in 23 states, who are forced to support unions’ controversial political activities.

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Dodd-Frank Star Chamber

Kyle Hauptman, Executive Director of Main Street Growth Project and member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, recounts his time at Lehman Brothers during the 2008 bankruptcy. He discusses how federal regulators’ overzealous response significantly impacted local community banks, which played no role in the financial crisis. Hauptman argues Dodd-Frank created a tepid recovery, forestalling new small businesses—the biggest job creators—from launching.

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Ban the Box Champion

Dorsey Nunn, Executive Director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Co-founder of All of Us or None, speaks firsthand about the challenges of reentering the workforce post-incarceration. Nunn argues that current laws peddle fear and encourage recidivism. He makes the case for reforms encouraging rehabilitation and opportunity such as the Ban the Box campaign he helped launch.

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Overcriminalization Reform

Marc Levin, Policy Director for Right on Crime and Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, advocates sweeping reforms to fix our failing criminal justice system. Using measures like reduced recidivism rates and increased restitution for victims, Levin demonstrates how reforms can maximize public safety while strengthening communities and easing the taxpayer burden.

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Climate Show Trials

Andrew Grossman, partner at BakerHostetler and cofounder of the Free Speech in Science Project, discusses a new campaign led by a coalition of state attorneys general and Al Gore to stifle free speech and public policy advocacy in the climate change debate. He describes the far-reaching implications of this political bullying and abuse of power and the potentially steep consequences to the perpetrators of such attacks on the First Amendment. Grossman is representing the Competitive Enterprise Institute in its challenge to a subpoena issued by U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker.

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State Budget Maven

John Nixon, the University of Utah’s Chief Administrative Officer, former Michigan budget director from 2011 to 2014, and 2012 Public Official of the Year, shares how he helped transform Michigan’s state government from a house of cards into a fiscally sound success story. Nixon drove the process to reform unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities, balance the budget, and cut business taxes to encourage significant growth and development.

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