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An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on Charter Schools and Their Enemies

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The day before this show was recorded, Dr. Thomas Sowell began his 10th decade of life. Remarkably on one hand and yet completely expected on the other, he remains as engaged, analytical, and thoughtful as ever. In this interview (one of roughly a dozen or so we’ve conducted with Dr. Sowell over the years), we delve into his new book Charter Schools and Their Enemies a sobering look at the academic success of charter schools in New York City, and the fierce battles waged by teachers unions and progressive politicians to curtail them.

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Why Grades Matter

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

A tenth-grader I happen to know pretty well takes her school grades seriously and derives satisfaction and pride from good ones (which, I might add, she routinely seems to get). This spring was hard for her—no fun for a teenager to be home with mom and dad all day, no contact with friends except on screens, and none of the face-to-face classroom interaction with teachers and fellow students that she adores. 

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Universities Sowing The Seeds Of Their Own Obsolescence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The media blitz during these last several weeks revealed a generation that is poorly educated and yet petulant and self-assured without justification.

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The Third Wave Of The Pandemic

by Michael Spence, Chen Longvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, July 2, 2020

During the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and Western advanced economies, there was a clear pattern of lockdown, containment, and gradual economic reopening. But now a third pandemic wave has brought a new, more disturbing pattern to both developing countries and major US states.

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Shelby Steele: Race In America

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Shelby Steele: Race in America 
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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As July 4th Approaches, Does California Freedom Have a Hollow Ring?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 2, 2020

As circumstance would have it, for the second consecutive year this column precedes America’s Fourth of July weekend. As such, it seems like the proper moment to discuss California and liberty.

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Area 45: Tom Gillian: Let Freedom Ring

interview with Thomas W. Gilliganvia Area 45
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Individual, economic, and political freedoms that are quintessentially American.

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Take Care Of The Elderly By Testing Their Caregivers

by Alexander Galetovic, Susana Mondsheinvia The Hill
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of COVID-19 deaths among those 65 years old and older is about 200 times that of people younger than 35. Because roughly half of all deaths of seniors occur in nursing homes, both in the United States and abroad, improving sanitary conditions seems to be the straightforward solution to reducing deaths among the elderly.

Thomas Sowell discusses Intellectuals and Society on Uncommon Knowledge.
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Happy Birthday, Thomas Sowell

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The one constant on display through all these topics is an irrepressible mind digging through the data in order to understand the complex reality underneath. His intellectual process, plus his ability to write quickly, have resulted in dozens of books and hundreds upon hundreds of newspaper columns that have helped many of us learn. 

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Trump Would Do Anything For Putin. No Wonder He’s Ignoring The Russian Bounties.

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Russia’s pattern of hostility matches Trump’s pattern of accommodation.

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Thomas Sowell Sounds Alarm To Mark Levin About The Left's Efforts To Cripple Charter Schools

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell weighs in on what he sees as a trend across the United States to stop the growth of charter schools.

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NYT Prints Fake News About Russia; Trump Unleashes Barr On Rioters: Sebastian Gorka With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall Review
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the New York Times' fake news story about Russia, as well as the options President Trump has to deal with the riots. 

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Historian Niall Ferguson On The State Of The World In 2020 — And Beyond

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Asia Society
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

(8:25) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson assesses the state of the world in 2020 — and beyond.

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Victor Davis Hanson Claims Biden Reemergence Left Many 'Underwhelmed,' 'Disturbed,' And 'Worried'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's first press conference in 89 days did not quell concerns about his fitness to lead America.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Now That Woodrow Must Go, Here’s Princeton’s Replacement."

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Asia's New Geopolitics: A Conversation With Michael R. Auslin And Robert D. Kaplan

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Policy Research Institute
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his new book, Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, which examines key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world, including the history of American strategy in Asia, from the eighteenth century through today.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

via The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his California On Your Mind article "Do California’s Future Travel Plans Include Planes, Trains . . . And More Automobiles?"

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about his City Journal article "Pushing Back on Cancel Culture."

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his Daily Caller article "Expanding The Supreme Court Will Only Make It Another Partisan Political Body."

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Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: How Assessment Data Can Drive Instruction This Fall

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about Fordham’s new case study on data-driven instruction in Washington, D.C.

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Thomas Sowell At 90 Is More Relevant Than Ever

featuring Thomas Sowellvia National Review
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Yesterday, Thomas Sowell turned 90. And he is more relevant than ever. Sowell, a frequent contributor to National Review and prodigious scholar, has delivered yet another insightful and accessible book, Charter Schools and Their Enemies. It was released on his birthday — a gift from Sowell to the rest of us.

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Creating A Paper Tiger Out of American Law Enforcement

quoting Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steelevia Law Officer
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Is America creating a paper tiger out of our law enforcement authorities? It’s quite possibly happening as we see evidence all around. A paper tiger is defined as a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual.

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Slavery Not Only Thing America Is About

mentioning Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steelevia Boston Herald
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The New York Times last year came up with a project to debase America, to say this country is about nothing but slavery, that the institution has determined everything we are, that it instructs us to this day on the maltreatment of Black people. The Revolutionary War was fought to keep it going and the pretenses of liberty and equality have been just that, pretenses. Slavery even fashioned a capitalism that maintains its evils and built our economy, we learn.

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Edgy Voters Might Reject The 2020 Election Results

quoting Larry Diamondvia Yahoo Finance
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

We’ve had close elections before, but political experts are bracing for events that might be unprecedented come November. Surprisingly large portions of both Republicans and Democrats seem poised to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election if their side loses. Some even favor authoritarian rule over elections as the best way to run the country. And a new worry for 2020 is the risk that more mail-in voting could delay official results well past Election Day, leaving voters wondering whether it will be Donald Trump’s agenda or Joe Biden’s, once January arrives.

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Xi Jinping’s Internal Great Wall

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia National Interest
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Like the Great Wall of generations past, Xi’s Internal Great Wall will continue to keep China behind the rest of the world because a nation that suppresses its own people is not a nation the world can trust to do business fairly.

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Defending The Global Commons In A Covid-19 World

mentioning Raghuram Rajanvia Vox EU
Thursday, July 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced global rifts. What does this mean for our ability to respond to the intertwined medical emergency and economic crisis? How does the increased tension affect our capacity to address other global emergencies and challenges? What is the future of multilateralism?

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Bookshelves Reveal What TV's Power Brokers Are Reading

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia Media Post
Thursday, July 2, 2020

It has become a kind of parlor game in the delirium of home confinement: Spot The Power Broker. This book, with its three-word title lettered boldly in red on a wide white spine, turns up time and time again on the bookshelves behind TV’s talking heads -- news anchors, talk-show hosts and their know-it-all guests.

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Nine Leadership Lessons From Churchill And Bonaparte

cited Andrew Robertsvia Forbes
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Like most of you, I have had to mix up my routine personally and professionally during the pandemic. One escape I have found worthy has been reading epic biographies of two of the most famous leaders in our history: Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Happy 90th Birthday, Thomas Sowell

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Legal Insurrection
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Today is Thomas Sowell’s 90th birthday, and I want to wish him a very happy one.

USS Bataan (LHD-5), a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship.
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The Contest To Control The Asian Mediterranean

featuring Michael R. Auslinvia Mercatus Center
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Historian Michael Auslin says decades of wishful thinking and missed opportunities require a new emphasis on geostrategy.

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The Geopolitical Ramifications Of Starlink Internet Service?

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Starlink is a space-based internet service provider that seeks to provide high-speed (40 mbps upload, 100 mbps download ), near-global coverage of the populated world by 2021—bringing this service to locations where access previously has been unreliable, expensive or completely unavailable.

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Focus On Teaching, Not Just Masks And Hand-Sanitizer

by Eric Hanushekvia EducationNext
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Education discussions today have a time horizon of three months. In the fall, will we mix at-home with in-school? Does everybody have a digital hookup? Should we have police in schools? As important as these issues are, they have the unfortunate effect of pushing aside more fundamental issues that could have much greater impact. This twin crisis of Covid-19 and of societal recognition of deep-seated inequities must be directed toward essential school improvement.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Putin's best-laid plans for lifetime rule."

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Should Cops Get ‘Qualified Immunity'?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 29, 2020

The regulation of police abuse and illegal actions.

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Garret Talks To Dr. Scott Atlas

interview with Scott W. Atlasvia The Morning Ritual with Garret Lewis
Monday, June 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Scott Atlas discusses reopening the economy in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

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McEnany: Pelosi Is Playing Politics And It's Despicable

mentioning Scott W. Atlasvia Fox News
Monday, June 29, 2020
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany responds to reports on Russian bounties, comments made by Speaker Pelosi.
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Lester Grinspoon RIP

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, June 29, 2020

On Thursday, June 25, Lester Grinspoon, M.D. died, one day after his 92nd birthday. This afternoon, I looked at my markups of two of his books, Marihuana Reconsidered, 2nd ed. 1977 and Cocaine: A Drug and Its Social Evolution, co-authored with James B. Bakalar.

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