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Chaos and Climate

Dr. Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science and co-founder of the Lorenz Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses chaos theory and the challenges it poses to making specific weather and climate forecasts. Emanuel explores current assessments and future predictions of climate related to sea level rise, sunspots, and hurricane intensity and the viability of today’s political proposals.

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Cancer Care Politics and Treatments

Dr. Debra Patt, practicing oncologist and Vice President of Texas Oncology, explains how the well-intentioned federal 340B Drug Discount Program is actually driving up cancer care costs. With preferred vendor hospitals applying their 30-50% drug discounts to all patients, not just the underserved, industry-wide prices are being forced up to subsidize the program. On the whole, however, Patt is optimistic about the diagnostic innovations, therapeutic success, and a drastic drop in cancer mortality rates.

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Trade Finance for Posterity

Fintech entrepreneur Chris Hale, Founder and CEO of the trade finance company Kountable, discusses how his smartphone-based platform is empowering entrepreneurs in Rwanda to the benefit of their compatriots, suppliers, and the global economy. Hale shares success stories of Kountable-financed entrepreneurs building computer labs for girls’ schools and introducing incubators to hospitals countrywide.

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Peace, Prosperity, and Trade

Daniel Griswold, Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Program on the American Economy and Globalization at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, discusses the seemingly invisible benefits of free trade that bolster opportunities and businesses’ bottom line. Griswold debunks common myths about the U.S. trade deficit, manufacturing decline, and the negative impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement and explains why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a welcome 21st century agreement.

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Veterans Day Special—Living History

Rob Collings, Executive Director and Chief Pilot of the Collings Foundation, shares how his family’s foundation brings history to life for younger generations to experience. Passionate that World War II was “the pivotal event of the last millennium,” Collings has dedicated his life to preserving artifacts and sharing veterans’ legacies.

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Robot Revolution

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor in Chief of Reason magazine, makes a compelling case for embracing technological futurism, detailing how we’ve already incorporated artificial intelligence into huge swaths of daily life. Mangu-Ward argues that the “nostalgianomics” of this presidential campaign is largely a response to the political risk of the gig economy and innate resistance to technological change. She reminds us that with better tools, the state of humanity is continually improving, and gives hope that private sector growth is outpacing government efforts to control that growth.

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Nanny State Down Under

Topher Field, Australian commentator and filmmaker, shares how the mythical frontier society transformed into the world’s biggest nanny state. Field analyzes the effects of bureaucratization and overregulation of every aspect of life—from the gun buyback program and lockout laws failing to stop violence to the inadequacies of government health care, compensation for taxi cartels displaced by ride sharing apps, and food police scaremongering. Field holds out hope for a coming revolution led by the rebellious Aussie youth, aware of the dangers of government overreach.

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Legal Graft

Trevor Burrus, research fellow in the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies and managing editor of the Cato Supreme Court Review, discusses campaign finance reform, declining media credibility, and defunding public broadcasting. With political sensationalism and journalistic malfeasance on the rise, Burrus explains why calls for taking money out of politics and licensing journalists won’t improve the state of political discourse.

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Internet Sales Tax Shakedown

Jessica Melugin, adjunct fellow in technology policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, breaks down the nearly 20-year-old Internet sales tax debate. Melugin shares why lobbyists, politicians, and big box retailers advocate Internet taxation without representation. Under those proposals, Melugin explains, consumers would see sales tax rates increase, states would export their tax regimes to remote businesses, and online sellers would be forced to keep records for about 10,000 tax jurisdictions around the nation.

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