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Private Ownership & Conservation
Brian Yablonski from the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) discusses how private ownership promotes conservation. At one time, 30 million bison ..
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Property Rights And The Status Of Native Americans
Manny Jules, former Kamloops Indian Band Chief, and Terry Anderson from the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) discuss how the absence of private ..
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Atlas Shrugged: Selfishness And The Economics Of Exchange
More than 50 years ago, Ayn Rand used her novel Atlas Shrugged to argue that big government, complex regulations, and a politically directed economy would lead ..
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Economics Of The Military Draft
John Stossel and David Boaz of the Cato Institute discuss the role of Milton Friedman in the abolition of the military draft and movement toward a voluntary ..
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Regulation: Louisiana Florist
The licensing of florists in Louisiana is used to analyze the incentive structure that often underlies regulation. The license requirements are a barrier to ..
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The Unintended Consequences Of The Ethanol Subsidies
Ethanol subsidies have been promoted by leading figures in both political parties. However, recent research and analysis has been more critical of ethanol use. ..
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The Unintended Consequences Of Minimum Wage Laws
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Several states have minimum wage laws that require even higher hourly wage rates. Advocates of the minimum ..
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Trade Restrictions And Crony Capitalism
Regulations, subsidies, and tax breaks have grown rapidly in recent years. They are often designed to favor some businesses and sectors relative to others. ..
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Stimulus Spending And Crony Capitalism
The 2009 $800 billion spending bill included funds for Serious Materials to promote production of energy efficient windows. Both the President and Vice ..
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Political Versus Market Choices
Viewers are asked to think about how their welfare would be affected if they were forced to choose among the bundles of goods available in three alternative ..
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Are We Heading Toward A Debt Crisis
John Stossel and his two guests discuss the size, growth, and economic consequences of the national debt. When the segment was produced in 2010, the national ..
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Can Government Spending Be Cut
John Stossel discusses how there is widespread agreement that government spending should be reduced, but notes that this agreement breaks down when specific ..
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Growth Of Government
The clip begins with recent spending items passed by Congress and quotes Thomas Jefferson who said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield ..
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Spending, Taxes, And The Role Of Government
An interview with Columbia University Professor Marc Lamont Hill begins the clip and presents the perceived need for government spending. He advocates that ..
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International Trade: Criticisms And Responses
Free trade proponent Tom Palmer from the Atlas Economic Research Institute responds to a number of popular criticisms of free trade. Issues addressed are ..
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Economics Of Trade Deficits
The current U.S. trade deficit with China is over $200 billion, and China is accused of manipulating its currency to increase their exports (our imports). John ..
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Why Do Nations Prosper
Segment begins with a discussion of Milton Friedman’s classic book, Free to Choose. The book has been translated into 25 languages and has exerted a major ..
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Economic Freedom And Quality Of Life
The segment considers how the quality of life differs in the world’s freest economies (e.g. Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and the United States) compared..
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The Fairness Of Market Outcomes
John Tomasi compares two types of societies. The first has income disparities that are small, because it focuses on income redistribution. The second focuses on..
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How Market Forces Temper Greed
Competition tempers greed by offering consumers choices about where to buy. If one seller raises prices, consumers will switch to relatively cheaper ..
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Debunking Common Economic Myths
Along with Art Carden, John debunks several economic myths: the U.S. should produce all of its own goods, overpopulation causes poverty, and the world is ..
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The Role Of Venture Capital In Creating New Products
Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, directors of the film Something Ventured, describe the role venture capital plays in creating new companies and products. They ..
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Debating The Role Of Greed
Don Boudreaux and Sally Kohn debate the role of greed and self-interest in economic decisionmaking and the role of government to minimize the effects of greed. ..
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Creative Destruction In Media
Glenn Beck discusses his new Internet service GBTV and uses the example of how the "Internet eats TV" to describe the process of creative destruction. Combined ..
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Price Gouging Isn't So Bad
Thirty-one states enforce “price gouging” laws, which restrict the amount sellers can increase prices after a natural disaster. Art Carden suggests these ..
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Efficiency Of Private Sector Versus Government
Goods and services produced by government agencies cost more and aren't as good as those same goods and services offered by private sector businesses. Former ..
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Natural Disasters, Government Stimulus, And Economic Growth
Some people claim that natural disasters such as hurricanes "are not harmful to the economy because there's so much extra work involved in reconstruction." John..
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Shortcomings Of Financial Regulation
Cliff Asness from AQR Capital Management argues that many regulations don't actually achieve the objectives they're supposed to meet. He specifically addresses ..
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Causes And Consequences Of Taxi Licenses
John talks with Walter Williams about the reasons why cities impose taxi licenses and the effects they have on taxi ownership by African Americans. Instead of ..
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The Actual Effects Of Minimum Wage
Walter Williams explains why the welfare state in general and the minimum wage in particular are largely responsible for income and unemployment disparities ..
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Exposing Disability Cheaters
Paul Colbert, CEO of Meridian Investigative Group, exposes several people cheating on their disability claims. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 25 ..
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What Would Happen If Welfare Ended
Tom Palmer discusses the major points of his book, After the Welfare State. Tom predicts that current welfare programs will end and describes potential ..
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Government Reforms In Puerto Rico
Luis Fortuño, Governor of Puerto Rico, was elected at a time when one out of three workers was on the government payroll and the commonwealth didn't have ..
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Pork Barrel Spending Sprees
John documents several dubious government spending programs on projects such as blowing up beaver dams in Mississippi, removing tree snakes in Guam, studies of ..
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Welcome From John Stossel
Welcome to Stossel in the Classroom's 2018 Edition Free DVD videos..
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Permissionless Society
What would life be like for us today if people didn't innovate? How different would life be if innovators needed government's permission to innovate? Would that..
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Private Frontier: Space
Space, the final frontier. Are voyages to explore strange new worlds—to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before..
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Private Parks
When we think of parks, we probably think of public parks, government owned, managed, and maintained. But are all public parks managed and maintained by the ..
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Inequality & Trade
Do the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? Does trade with other countries hurt us? Should we produce everything on our own? This segment looks at income, ..
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Death By Socialism
Socialism is often seen as just another economic system, perhaps a more fair system, where people are more equal. But is it really just another economic system..
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Venezuela Vs. Chile
Does capitalism suck? Does socialism work better? Why do so many people support socialism? This segment looks at the effects of socialism in Venezuela and ..
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Robots & Driverless Cars
Are robots and self-driving cars the way of the future? Will robots take people's jobs? Will we really be able to relax as the car does the work? Is that safe? ..
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YouTube: Now We're The Gatekeepers
How are technological innovations changing the way we find talent? How does it affect the way people earn money? This segment looks at the way YouTube has ..
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Hockey Stick Of Human Prosperity
From Marginal Revolution University: The last 200-300 years has seen astonishing growth in prosperity. Don Boudreaux calls it one of the greatest events of ..
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Economics Made The World Great
From the Mercatus Center: Is life today bad? Or is it awesome? Why? What about life today is an improvement from the past? Economics Made the World Great shows ..
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Everything
From the Institute for Justice: What would you do to save your child's life? Where do you draw the line? Would you break the law? What if the law wasn't ..
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Why Politicians Don't Cut Spending
From Learn Liberty: Why do politicians never seem to reduce spending? With federal debt at $20 billion, nearly $62,000 per citizen, why does federal spending ..
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Fake News Is Old News
From the Foundation for Economic Education: The term fake news has been in the news a lot the past few years. What does it mean? Is it really fake or does it ..
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Elijah McCoy
From the Foundation for Economic Education: Who was Elijah McCoy? What did he do? This video takes a look at the importance of perseverance and innovation, by ..
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Welcome From John Stossel
Welcome to Stossel in the Classroom's 2017 Edition DVD..
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Threats To Free Speech: Censorship On Campus
What is going on at colleges across America? These institutions of higher education were once bastions of free speech, where different views and ideas could be ..
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Threats To Free Speech: Islamic Extremism
Should people be stopped from offending each other? From criticizing each other's views, religion, even race? Should the government protect us from offensive ..
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Threats To Free Speech: Silencing Political Opponents
What happens when government officials use their power to try to silence their enemies? Where does campaign finance reform begin and our free speech end? This ..
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Finding Freedom: Escape From North Korea
What is freedom? How important is freedom to you? People use the word freedom differently, but when we look at North Korea, there is little disagreement that ..
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Propaganda: Environmental Fear Mongering
Why do some movies seem to go beyond entertainment and include scary messages for children? Can there be a rational environmental debate or does it need to be ..
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Capitalism: Why So Unpopular
News reports, articles, and websites tell us of the waning belief in capitalism. What do you think about capitalism? Is capitalism evil? Or has it lifted ..
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Che Guevara: Why So Popular
What do you know about Che Guevara? Do you own a Che t-shirt? Do you cringe when you see someone wearing one? This segment looks at Che, his deeds, and his ..
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The Energy Debate: A Case For Fossil Fuels
What are fossil fuels? Why do so many people dislike them? Are they bad for us? Are they bad for the environment? What are the alternatives? This segment looks ..
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Pseudo-Consensus: Squashing The Global Warming Debate
Has the earth warmed? Have we caused it? Does it matter? Is there really a looming crisis or is this much ado about nothing? And what happens to people who ..
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Essay Contest And Video Contest
Meet our 2016 Essay Contest winners, and learn more about our annual contests, including a new Video Contest for the 2016-2017 school year..
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Welcome From John Stossel
Welcome to Stossel in the Classroom's 2016 Edition Free DVD for teachers..
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Spontaneous Order: Do We Really Need A Plan
What is spontaneous order? How is it that without government direction, food is available in stores, cars are manufactured, information is available on the ..
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Disaster Relief: Who Does It Better
Who should help victims of natural disasters? Should citizens voluntarily help? Should government? Who is better at it? This segment looks at the role ..
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Crowdfunding: Can Entrepreneurs Go Straight To Consumers
What if you want to create a product or service but don't have the money? What can you do? You can borrow from a bank perhaps. Or you can crowdfund. What is ..
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Technological Innovation: Do Rules Stifle Growth
What conditions encourage innovation? What discourages innovation? Do governments help, or do they increase the time and cost of developing new products? Should..
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Delayed Gratification: Can It Lead To Future Success
What does it mean to "delay gratification"? What does a child's ability or willingness to delay gratification indicate? Is this something that can be taught? ..
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Following Orders: Does That Remove Your Responsibility
Do you always do what you're told? Should you? Does doing what you're told absolve you of responsibility for the consequences of your actions? This segment ..
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Combating Bias: Do We Need Incentives To Overcome It
Do you make rational decisions? Would you hire the best applicant for a job? Would you rate your teacher or professor fairly? This segment looks at recognizing ..
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The Fed: Can It Be Trusted To Manage Our Money
What is the Fed? Okay, it's the Federal Reserve. But what is that? What does it do? What is its role? How does the Fed affect us and our money? This segment ..
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Message From John Stossel
Welcome to Stossel in the Classroom video..
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Overregulation: When Are There Enough Rules
Why are there so many rules for us to follow? Why do governments seem to churn out more rules every day? When are there enough rules? Do more laws mean less ..
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Moving Companies: Who Chooses Who Moves Our Stuff
Should businesses need permission from other businesses to compete? Should the government help established businesses keep out competition? Is uncontrolled ..
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Protecting Endangered Species: A Good Idea Gone Wild
What is the best way to protect endangered species? How can we ensure the survival of species and ensure that people’s property rights are not taken away? ..
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Tough To Get A Lyft: Regulating Your Ride
Should people be allowed to compete against existing cab companies? Should passengers get to choose who drives them? What about the safety of passengers? ..
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War On Women: Fact Or Fable
Do women make less than men? Do employers discriminate against women by paying them less? This lesson focuses on the controversy surrounding the wage gap ..
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Internship Regulation: Are Unpaid Interns Exploited
Should interns get paid? Should minimum wage laws apply? Shouldn't the education and training an intern gets be considered? Are there any unintended ..
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Reputation Or Regulation: Which Provides Better Consumer Protection
What’s the best way to choose a product or service? Has the availability of feedback on the Internet diminished or eliminated government's role in regulating ..
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Electronic Surveillance: What's Happening To Our Privacy
Are there any limits on the government's ability to protect its citizens? Should there be? What is the proper balance between our country's security and our own..
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Kronies: They're Konnected
The Kronies are in action... Mandating, Tarrify-ing, Inflating, and Boondoggling their way to profits powered by their special konnection to the G-Force. Watch ..
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Why Can't Chuck Get His Business Off The Ground
This short video suggests that the solution to America's jobs problem is specific reforms that wouldn't cost taxpayers and would provide opportunity for ..
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I, Pencil
For more than half a century, Leonard Read's classic story has opened eyes and changed minds by the hundreds of thousands, revealing the wondrous achievements ..
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Recycle Smarter Than A Third Grader
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! All right? Maybe or maybe not, says scholar Daniel K. Benjamin. Making a new tissue out of a used one wastes resources, hardly a benefit..
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Message From John Stossel
Welcome to Stossel in the Classroom video..
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College Tuition And Campus Luxuries
Why have colleges gotten so expensive? Has the money gone to improve education? Has the government forsaken our children? This segment looks at the rising cost ..
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Product Liability Lawsuits: Who Gets Burned
Are we safer today because of lawsuits? Should companies that produce dangerous products be immune from lawsuits? What exactly is a dangerous product? Should ..
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High Speed Rail: Boondocks & Boondoggles
How should we improve mass transportation? Are newer and faster trains the answer? Why do so many people presume it's government's job to improve mass ..
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The Fracking Debate
What is fracking? What does it do? How does it affect us? Should we celebrate it because it might reduce our oil consumption or condemn it because it might put ..
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Food Nannies: Who Decides What You Eat
Why are there so many obese Americans? What should be done about it? Who's responsible? The government? Businesses? Us? This segment looks at proposals to curb ..
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Entrepreneurs: Doing Good By Doing Well
What good do entrepreneurs do? Is it creating jobs? Is it the charity they do with the money they've made? Do successful entrepreneurs have an obligation to ..
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The Psychology Behind Political Campaigns
Why do we favor one candidate over another? Is it because we look at the issues and choose our candidate accordingly? Or is it because we look at the candidates..
2014 EDITION
Taxi Licensing: Are We Being Taken For A Ride
Should people need government permission to work? Do unregulated businesses cause chaos? Should taxicabs be approved by government and their owners required to ..
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Message From John Stossel
Welcome to Stossel in the Classroom video..
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Lemonade Stand: Consumer Protection Gone Wrong
What's happened to freedom in America? Are there too many laws? Can the average American even know what's legal and what's illegal today? This segment looks at ..
2013 EDITION
Professional Panhandling: Charity Gone Wrong
How can we help those in need? And just who is in need? How do we know? Do people who panhandle really need money to survive? Do our attempts to help people ..
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Food Police: Regulation Gone Wrong
Should people be allowed to eat whatever they want? Even if it's bad for them? What are the limits on freedom? What are the limits on government power? This ..
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Job Creation Gone Wrong
Who creates jobs? And who creates jobs the best? Can the government help, or do government attempts to create jobs lead to inefficiencies and waste? Do ..
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Innovation: Private Vs. Public
Can politics and politicians solve all our problems? Is government more effective than private enterprise? Can't we count on the entrepreneurial spirit to ..
2013 EDITION
Collaboration Leads To Innovation
Why has life changed so much over the past few centuries, after remaining relatively the same for hundreds of thousands of years? Why does it seem that changes ..
2013 EDITION
Mystery Of Happiness: Is Happiness Relative
What makes people happy? Are we happiest when we're doing well, or when we're doing better than others? On what do we base our happiness? This segment looks at ..
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Income Disparity: Should Equality Be The Goal
What is the problem with some people having more money than others? Would it be better if everyone had the same? What if we could make sure everyone earned the ..
2013 EDITION
Police Accountability: Privacy Laws Gone Wrong
What's the difference between secrecy and privacy? Should public servants have a right to privacy while at work? If people are allowed to video record public ..
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Censorship At College: Politeness Gone Wrong
Is college really a bastion of free speech, a marketplace of ideas, where views can be discussed in an atmosphere of openness? Are some cultural, economic, and ..
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Earned Success
What makes people happy? Is it money? What role does success play? This segment looks at entrepreneurship, happiness, and the American Dream..
2012 EDITION
Cash For Clunkers
Do government programs always help? Do the outcomes match the promises? What about the unseen, unintended results? This segment looks at the Cash for Clunkers ..
2012 EDITION
Minimum Wage
Why would anyone oppose a minimum wage? Don't all workers deserve to be paid fairly? Don't we need someone to protect workers from being taken advantage of? Is ..
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Title IX
Are you opposed to sexism? Shouldn't men and women be treated equally? Isn't fairness a virtuous goal? Don't we all believe in fairness? Doesn't Title IX simply..
2012 EDITION
Immigration
Why do people come to America? Isn't America a cesspool of crass commercialism and greedy, materialistic people? What's so great about America that while we ..
2012 EDITION
Entrepreneurship
Why is America so prosperous? Is it our natural resources? Or is it something more? Perhaps it's because America is a good place for entrepreneurs. This segment..
2012 EDITION
Free Speech
Should people be allowed to offend each other? Criticize each other's views, religion, even race? Should the government protect us from offensive speech, or ..
2012 EDITION
Native Americans
Shouldn't the government help Native Americans? Isn't that the least they can do after taking their land? Government help does help, right? This segment looks ..
2012 EDITION
Live Free Or Die
Is our government on an unsustainable spending spree? Does it regulate too much? And does anyone really even care? This segment looks at government debt, ..
2012 EDITION

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