Lisa Snell on Funding in America's School System What's the best way to bypass the centralized bureaucracies that run America's school system? Reason Foundation Director of Education Lisa Snell is an advocate of simply attaching money to kids, so when a student leaves a failing school so does a portion of its funding. Reason.tv sat down with Snell to talk about how this simple reform can transform public education.
Running time: 108 seconds
Abbas Milani on the Persian-Arab Ethnic Conflict Inside Iran: Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies with panelists Abbas Milani and Jamal Dajani of Link TV. Milani talks about Persian views of Suni Arabs and the Shiite Suni conflict.
Running time: 148 seconds
Mike Huckabee and Evangelicals in the 2008 Campaign The New Republic's 2008 Guide to the Candidates: A Celebration.In early 2005, Editor Frank Foer made a commitment to covering the 2008 presidential candidates with a fresh lens. This "fresh" angle included profiles of major contenders from both political parties. The effort was met with a hugely positive response. In this segment they cover Mike Huckabee's campaign.
Running time: 291 seconds
The Kite Runner in Cultural Context A panel discussion before an advanced screening of The Kite Runner. Panelists include Masood Aziz, Political Counselor, Embassy of Afghanistan; Dr. Peter Bergen, journalist and terrorism analyst; and Frank Foer, editor of The New Republic.
Running time: 180 seconds
Vicious Rumors in the 2008 Primaries Mitt Romney's run for the White House raises perennial questions about the place of religion in the public square and offers scholars an interesting occasion to reconsider the relationship between religion and American politics. The media has made much of Romney's religion and so have some sectors of the American public. Time reporter Amy Sullivan talks about the vicious rumors that were circulated in the 2008 primaries.
Running time: 186 seconds
Christopher Hitchens on Withdrawal from Iraq This program is part of the Hoover Institution's interview series, Uncommon Knowledge.What is the situation on the ground in Iraq - militarily and politically? Should the United States stay or withdraw, and what would be the consequences of each? Christopher Hitchens, one of the war's most ardent supporters, analyzes the current battle taking place in America over the Iraq war.
Running time: 254 seconds
Susan Rice Criticizes International Inactivity in Darfur Since 2003, the conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan has worsened and shows no signs of improvement. More than 2 million people have been displaced by the violence and some 450,000 have lost their lives. Activist Susan Rice criticizes America's inability to act against the Sudanese government attack against civilians.
Running time: 497 seconds
iPhone and oBama: Two Expensive New Models President Obama spent last year's State of the Union address celebrating spending programs past (hooray, stimulus!) and proposing new budget-busters. The shellacking Democrats took during the 2010 midterm elections was supposed to change all that, but at Tuesday night's SOTU Obama reverted to his "throw-money-at-every-conceivable-problem" himself. Yes he included some proposals to cut spending.
Running time: 58 seconds
Why the Wall Street Reform Would Not Work FORA.tv Studios and Whole Earth Films present William D. Cohan, author and former Wall Street veteran, speaking to Blaise Zerega, President and CEO of FORA.tv, about his book House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street. Cohan explains that human nature will ensure the failure of any attempt to reform Wall Street.
Running time: 140 seconds
Matt Ridley on Why Global Warming Combating Measures Are Wrong In this segment, Matt Ridley talks argues against global warming combating measures.
A former science and technology editor for The Economist magazine, Matt Ridley is a journalist and best-selling author whose books include Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters. His most recent book is The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.Matt Ridley discusses the evolutionary process of "ideas having sex," calling it the secret behind human progress.
Running time: 148 seconds
Net Neutrality and Managing Congestion on the Net The Federal Trade Commission is more active than ever in its assertion of authority in the virtual world. The FTC's role is generally understood to include competition analysis, consumer protection, and policy advocacy.How are each of these functions best accomplished by the FTC in the virtual world? Are there special attributes of the internet and e-commerce that require the FTC to modify its traditional regulatory approaches? Richard Epstein has more.
Running time: 189 seconds
China's View of the West's Worries The rise of China as both an economic and political power has provoked intense interest in the West.Daily discussions in the US and Europe reflect on the rapid emergence of China's industrial might and potential on the world stage. Much of this discussion seems to be underscored by deep anxiety, however.The Beijing Olympics provided a focus whereby this anxiety seemed to intensify. Charles W. Freeman III explains that China isn't prioritizing the West's worries.
Running time: 167 seconds
Thomas Sowell on Who Was Responsible for the Housing Bust Thomas Sowell analyzes the recent housing boom and bust, beginning with the underlying economic causes that artificially inflated housing costs in certain markets. He points the finger directly at political decisions in Washington, particularly involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, that enabled and promoted the financing of an unsustainable housing bubble.
Running time: 207 seconds
Why Developing Nations Need a Benevolent Dictator During the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Dambisa Moyo asserts, however, that this assistance has made African people no better off. "Africa's real per capita income today is lower than in the 1970s, with over half of the 700 million Africans living on less than a dollar a day."Eschewing the "glamour aid" of celebrities such as
Running time: 98 seconds
Why Judge Walker's Prop 8 Ruling Was Hasty NYU Law School professor Richard Epstein and UC Berkeley Law School professor John Yoo apply their legal minds to some recent and upcoming legal challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court. Hear their take on the constitutionality of on gay marriage and prop 8.
Running time: 269 seconds
Obamacare's Legality Challenged in the 2012 Elections NYU Law School professor Richard Epstein and UC Berkeley Law School professor John Yoo apply their legal minds to some recent and upcoming legal challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court. Hear their take on the constitutionality of Obama's healthcare bill.
Running time: 128 seconds
What Happened to the Antiwar Movement? Even as President Obama maintains close to 50,000 troops in Iraq and continues to escalate and expand the war in Afghanistan, the antiwar movement in America continues to shrink. So, what happened? Reason.tv visited two antiwar protests —one left-leaning, one libertarian—in an attempt to answer that question.
Running time: 430 seconds
Rupert Murdoch Advises NATO to Include Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Radio National and ABC FORA
The 2008 lecture series, A Golden Age of Freedom is presented by Mr Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation. In this segment, he argues for the inclusion of Australia in NATO's forces.
Running time: 99 seconds