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PRIMARY COLORS: The Presidential Primary System

with Newt Gingrich, Shanto Iyengar, Nelson W. Polsbyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, March 14, 2000

In the 2000 presidential campaign, Gore and Bush locked-up their nominations almost six months before their parties' conventions. The Democratic and Republican national conventions, formerly full of high-stakes drama as the party delegates chose their presidential tickets, are now little more than formalities. Is the presidential primary system in need of reform or is it working just fine? Does the front-loading of the primary season make it impossible for a dark horse candidate to build a campaign? Do the political parties have too much power in the process or not enough?

THIS OLD HOUSE: The U.S. House of Representatives

with Newt Gingrich, Nelson W. Polsbyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, March 14, 2000

The House of Representatives is a venerable institution, now more than 200 years old. Is the structure of the institution itself appropriate to the demands of our modern, rapidly changing democracy? What reforms did Newt Gingrich and the Republican Congress of 1994 make to the House? Were his reforms just partisan fix-it jobs or were they much-needed repairs for the long-term? Is it even possible to make long-term changes to the House?

Former Hoover fellow and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.

MILTON'S PARADISE GAINED: Milton Friedman's Advice for the Next President

with Milton Friedmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, March 10, 2000

What the next President decides to do with the federal budget will impact the lives of each and every one of us. For example, what should the next President do with the current budget surplus—pay down the national debt, set aside money to strengthen Social Security, or cut taxes? Milton Friedman answers these questions as well as addressing how the next President should approach the issues of education, health care, and the future of Social Security.

Former Hoover fellow and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.

THE ECONOMY'S NEW CLOTHES: Milton Friedman on the New Economy

with Milton Friedmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, March 10, 2000

Internet technologies are transforming the way we communicate and do business. But, are we, as some claim, in the midst of the "long boom," a new era of unparalleled prosperity driven by unprecedented technological change or are we merely enjoying a bull market that has yet to begin its inevitable correction? What does the current economic boom have in common with the "Roaring Twenties" and how can we avoid an economic contraction as severe as the Great Depression?

SALES OF A DEATH PLAN: Capital Punishment

with Sam Jordan, Kent Scheideggervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Is America on the wrong side of the death penalty debate? The worldwide wide trend is against the death penalty: more than half the countries in the world have abolished it, including more than 30 nations since 1990. So why do we have a death penalty in America? Is it to deter people from committing murder? If so, does it work? Or is the death penalty fundamentally a matter of justice, of punishing appropriately those guilty of the worst crimes?

NO NUKES IS GOOD NUKES: Nuclear Proliferation

with Sumit Ganguly, William Potter, Scott Saganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 15, 2000

For decades the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, Britain and France were the world's only nuclear powers. But that is changing. When India and Pakistan conducted nuclear weapons tests in 1998, they demonstrated that they had both the ability and the will to build nuclear weapons. Is the United States doing enough to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons? Are we prepared for the very real possibility that nations such as North Korea and Iran may soon be able to build nuclear weapons?

WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING? Living Wage Ordinances

with Thomas E. MaCurdy, Ken Jacobs, Bishop John C. Westervia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

Since 1995, more than forty city and county governments across the country have enacted living wage ordinances. What are living wage ordinances and how does the living wage differ from the minimum wage? Is a living wage ordinance the best way to help low-income families or are there more effective methods of helping those in need?

A TALE OF TWO CHINAS: The Future of Taiwan

with Henry S. Rowen, Michel Oksenberg, David Liuvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

What is the future of Taiwan? Deteriorating Taiwan-China relations could be the first foreign policy crisis for the next American President. What is the history of the Taiwan-China situation? Is Taiwan an independent state? If so, why does the United States not recognize Taiwan's sovereignty? How should the U.S. respond if tensions between Taiwan and China increase?

TRADING ON OUR FEARS: The World Trade Organization

with Melvyn B. Krauss, Kevin Danaher, Jerry Levinevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

In November of 1999, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Seattle to protest against the World Trade Organization (WTO). How does the WTO work and why did it raise such a response? Does the WTO threaten environmental laws, human rights and national sovereignty or does it provide the best framework for ensuing that all nations benefit from international trade? Were the protests aimed at the WTO in particular or at the concept of free trade itself?

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOC: The Lessons of Kosovo

with Norman M. Naimark, Josef Joffevia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, November 12, 1999

Why are the Balkans important to the United States and what was the justification for the war over Kosovo? What mistakes did we make in our handling of the conflict? What should we do differently the next time there is a crisis in the Balkans?

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