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A mysterious warning about a possible Russian nuclear space weapon set off consternation and stern warnings last week, and inspired IPI to chat with our favorite genuine rocket scientist, Dr. Dan Garretson. We talk space debris, the inevitable use of space for military purposes, Star Wars, and related issues. With space nerds Dr. Merrill Matthews and Tom Giovanetti.
Merrill Matthews joins the Don Kroah Show to discuss the hypocracy and unintended consequences of artifically altering the environmen with "scientific" experiments.
We’re not afraid of AI, as just another technological innovation and tool, and we don’t think we need massive new federal regulation, but we agree with the FCC applying existing law and regulation to prevent deceptive use of AI to impersonate public persons in political advertising and robocalls. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.
IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explains the harms to the nation of our burgeoning budget deficits and national debt, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti tries to put debt into context.
Taking advantage of IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland’s presence in-studio, we discuss the problems with the state and federal legislative attempts to “protect children online” through age verification and other schemes. Hint: The problems are overwhelming and underappreciated. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.
We discuss today’s Supreme Court arguments on Colorado’s case for denying Donald Trump ballot access, and agree with the apparent leanings of SCOTUS that Colorado’s arguments are unsustainable. Nevertheless, it’s a great opportunity to nerd-out on constitutional law and federalism. With IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, IPI Research Fellow Bartlett Cleland, and IPI President Tom Giovanetti.
In a single week the Biden administration announced a number of spending projects targeted at states and demographic groups considered vulnerable and critical to Biden’s re-election campaign. Huge federal spending is bad enough in and of itself, says IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews. But when Republicans sign on to massive spending projects like the infrastructure bill, they create opportunities for the President to use the money as an indirect contribution to his re-election campaign. Discussion led by IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, with IPI President Tom Giovanetti.
As the anniversary of the East Palestine, Ohio freight derailment arrives on February 3rd, proponents will use the anniversary to try to renew support for the Railway Safety Act. But the proposed legislation is nothing more than a grab bag of demands from the 12 rail labor unions. It’s not surprising that liberal Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is the lead author of the Railway Safety Act. What’s surprising, and telling, is that Republican Sen. J.D. Vance has been leading the charge for the legislation, which shows that right-wing populism has more in common with leftist progressivism than it does with Reagan conservatism. With IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.
IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and IPI President Tom Giovanetti discuss how the border crisis and its related impacts have become the number one issue in American politics, and how this is liable to affect not only current legislative debates, but also the upcoming election.
There was a rash of stories in the early days of 2024 about how, finally, Mickey Mouse had entered the public domain, and that this was somehow a triumph for the general public. Sounds like time for an explainer about the public domain, and why, for the most part, consumers are better off when creativity, distribution and promotion of creative works is incentivized. IPI President Tom Giovanetti with IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.