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Month: September 2012
Mystery of Happiness: Is Happiness Relative?
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 the relativity of happiness.

Censorship at College: Politeness Gone Wrong
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 political views more acceptable on campus than others? Who decides? Should only one side of a debate be allowed on campus, because some students might be bothered by the other side? This segment looks at the debate over limiting free speech on college campuses.

Innovation: Private vs. Public
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 innovate and to develop solutions to the problems we face? This segment looks at several entrepreneurial endeavors, including energy efficient cars, space travel, and new methods of cleaning up oil spills.

Police Accountability: Privacy Laws Gone Wrong
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 officials, will that affect the way those officials do their jobs? If so, will the effects be positive or negative? This segment looks at the debate over video recording of police.

Job Creation Gone Wrong
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 government regulations help or hinder job creation? This segment looks at job creation and the role of government.

Lemonade Stand: Consumer Protection Gone Wrong
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 several examples of people unknowingly running afoul of the government, including children selling lemonade and Girl Scout cookies in front of their homes, a lobster importer, and people building a home on their own land.