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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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Amid The Pandemic, Economists Say, Some Job Losses Will Be Permanent

quoting Steven J. Davisvia IndyStar
Monday, June 29, 2020
There's growing concern that some COVID-19 job losses will be permanent.
Hoover senior fellow Thomas Sowell
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Thomas Sowell At 90

featuring Thomas Sowellvia CATO
Monday, June 29, 2020
On June 30, 2020, Thomas Sowell turns 90. He is one of the most important economic and social thinkers of the last 50 years. I say that, recognizing that his career overlapped such luminaries as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.
Thomas Sowell lauds Friedman’s life and his impact on modern economics and public policy.
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An Underappreciated American Scholar

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Creators
Monday, June 29, 2020
Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life.
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Vivian Lee On The Long Fix

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, June 29, 2020

Physician and author Vivian Lee talks about her book The Long Fix with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lee argues that we can transform health care in the United States, though it may take a while. She argues that the current fee-for-service system incentivizes doctors to provide services rather than keep patients healthy and that these are not the same thing. 

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New Report Finds Many Voters In Both Parties Are Open To Questioning The Legitimacy Of The Election If Their Candidate Loses

quoting Larry Diamondvia Valdosta Daily Times
Monday, June 29, 2020

With a deadly pandemic, a devastating recession, and massive civil rights protests across the country, the U.S. is facing a historically tumultuous election year.

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Learning Economics And Personal Finance From Black Authors

cited Thomas Sowellvia The Daily Item
Sunday, June 28, 2020

George Floyd’s murder and the unrest that has followed have caused many to think about ways they could be more inclusive in both their organizations and personal lives. One small way to be more inclusive is to read more books by Black authors

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Moralist Hazard? David Henderson, Research Fellow At Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

interview with David R. Hendersonvia Worlds Apart
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow David Henderson discusses the economic and human costs of lock-downs.

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Here’s What To Read From The Left And The Right

cited Victor Davis Hansonvia Tampa Bay Times
Sunday, June 28, 2020

We live in a partisan age, and our news habits can reinforce our own perspectives. Consider this an effort to broaden our collective outlook with essays beyond the range of our typical selections.

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The War On Testing

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Hill
Sunday, June 28, 2020

America’s war on testing entered a new phase this spring as every state extracted a federal waiver from end-of-year assessments of its school kids in reading and math, and most also skipped their own end-of-course and high-school exit exams.

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Victor Davis Hanson On Breitbart News Sunday

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart News Sunday
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the presidential election and says “It’s more or less whether you like the United States more as it was before Memorial Day, or whether you would prefer what’s evolving after this Memorial Day, and by that I mean, whether you think that we didn’t have to be perfect to be good, and our institutions from the founders were necessary to incorporate change in a lawful and calm peaceful manner and then they can adjudicate any particular flaws we have in society versus we have a cancer, supposedly from our founding, and that racism has to be irradiated or cut out, and if it kills us, the host, then that’s a necessary price to pay. I think it’s that stark a choice.”

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