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with Thomas E. MaCurdy, Eugene Smolenskyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, April 23, 1997

Hoover fellow Thomas MaCurdy and Eugene Smolensky, Chair of Public Policy Dept., UC Berkeley discuss President Clinton's welfare reform legislation.


with Ned Desmond, Mike Godwin, Virginia Postrelvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 7, 1997

Virginia Postrel, Editor of Reason magazine, Mike Godwin, staff counsel for Electronic Frontier, and Ned Desmond, editor, Infoseek, discuss the Communications Decency Act. Postrel, Godwin and Desmond debate the constitutionality of the law, and more broadly, what role the federal government should have in regulating the web.


with David Brady, Nelson W. Polsbyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 7, 1997

Nelson Polsby, professor of political science, University of California, Berkeley and Hoover Fellow David Brady discuss the implications of Republican houses of Congress and a Democratic president.

AGING: From Baby Boom to Bust

with David A. Wise, John Shovenvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 3, 1997

Hoover fellow David Wise and Stanford economics professor and Dean of the School of Humanities and Science, John Shoven, discuss demographics, social security, health care, and retirement savings.


with Guity Nashat, Larry Iannacconevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 3, 1997

Fundamentally Speaking, Hoover fellow Guity Nashat and Laurence Iannaccone, Professor of Economics, Santa Clara University discuss Islamic Fundamentalism and what Islamic Fundamentalists want.


with Alvin Rabushka, Lawrence Lauvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, February 26, 1997

Hoover fellow Alvin Rabushka and Stanford professor Larry Lau discuss the impact of China assuming control of Hong Kong on July 1, 1997.


with Kenneth L. Judd, Kenneth Arrowvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, February 26, 1997

Stanford economics professor and Nobel laureate, Kenneth Arrow and Hoover fellow Kenneth Judd discuss the sources of the persistent and increasing inequality of American incomes.


with Bill Honig, Maureen D. Marcovia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 24, 1997

Maureen DiMarco, former secretary of California Office of Child Development and Education and Bill Honig, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, discuss the problems with America's classrooms and how to fix them.


with Michael J. Boskin, David Bradyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 24, 1997

Hoover fellows Michael Boskin and David Brady discuss why it's important to adjust the CPI now and whether it's politically possible to do so.


with Martin Anderson, John Ellwoodvia Uncommon Knowledge
Saturday, February 1, 1997

Hoover fellow Martin Anderson and John Ellwood of UC Berkeley discuss the balanced budget amendment.


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