JOHN STOSSEL'S POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO POLITICS
There was much excitement about the 2008 presidential election. People said that their candidate would fix America. Barack Obama inspired idol worship that's usually lavished on rock stars. At the Republican convention, one man told John Stossel that Senator John McCain was like "Superman." Stossel says, "Give me a break!" Politicians' "fixes" often have unintended consequences that are worse than the original problem. Do we really need a president to plan our lives, to direct us? Or does most of life work best when you are in charge?
The rich keep getting richer. Is there anything wrong with that? We're taught that greed is bad. But consider where we would be without it. "Enlighten self-interest" may be a better word than "greed."
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John Stossel looks at everyday experiences in freaky ways based on the bestselling book, Freakonomics.
- MYTHS, LIES & DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY (Parts 1&2)
In part 1, John Stossel takes a look at several popular beliefs: Getting cold will give you a cold; money can buy happiness; chemicals are killing us; we're drowning in garbage. None of it is true. For example, scientists say that people get sick in winter, not because they're cold, but because they spend more time indoors spreading viruses back and forth. Research shows that more money makes people significantly happier only if their family income is below $30,000; after $50,000, money makes no difference. In part 2, John Stossel takes a look at several popular beliefs: Is it true that strange things happen when the moon is full? Are SUVs safer to drive than cars? Should you avoid swimming after eating? John Stossel puts conventional wisdom to the test.
- THE "IN CROWD" AND SOCIAL CRUELTY
What does it take to be popular? John Stossel discovers why kids dish it out, why they take it, and what schools can do to make it better. Guests include psychologist Michael Thompson, author of Best Friends, Worst Enemies. Stossel also visits schools with successful anti-bullying programs.
- STUPID IN AMERICA (9/1/2006 updated version)
This video explores whether kids in the United States are being cheated out of a quality education. American high school students fizzle in international comparisons, placing well behind other countries, even poorer countries like Poland, the Czech Republic, and South Korea. American kids do pretty well when they enter public school, but as time goes on, they do worse. Why? School officials complain that they need more money, but as John Stossel reports, most of the countries that outperform us spend less per student than we do. John looks at the influence of the government's monopoly over the school system, which means that most parents don't get to choose where to send their children. In other countries, choice fosters competition, and competition improves performance. Stossel questions government officials, union leaders, parents and students. He also examines how the educational system can be improved and reports on innovative programs across the country.