June 4, 2007
Prof. John R. Christy -- one of a handful of scientists to actually build "data sets of climate variation and change from scratch" -- talks about how finding "dramatic changes in climate systems" is really quite difficult.
April 17, 2007
Arthur C. Brooks discusses the many virtues of charity: national no less than individual, economic no less than deeply personal.
March 22, 2007
Paul Peterson discusses the profound importance of reducing achievement gaps in communities like the Twin Cities – where they’re larger than virtually anyplace in the nation. What’s been tried? What needs trying next?
February 22, 2007
Robert Bruegmann talks about his path-breaking book Sprawl: A Compact History, lauded as the “first major book to strip urban sprawl of its pejorative connotations.”
January 4, 2007
Prof. Wilfred McClay discusses intriguing issues like these: Ever since the time of its Founding, our American nation has been understood as a great experiment, both by ourselves and by the world. But what does it mean to think of a nation as an “experiment”? Does it mean that everything about our society and government is open to constant revision, so that change is the only constant? Or is the idea of America as an experiment actually a deeply conservative idea, one which gives us insight into what American conservatism has been, and what it needs to become in the 21st Century?
What Ought Conservatives Push for this Legislative Session? (Especially Now that DFLers Control Almost Everything)
January 4, 2007
Heading into the 2007 legislative session, an ideologically multicultural panel discusses the following questions: What policies do leaders of Minnesota's most influential conservative organizations think conservatives should seek at the Capitol this year? What policies do leaders of other Minnesota organizations advise conservatives to pursue in St. Paul?
December 7, 2006
Psychologist David Walsh mines new developments in brain science to spotlight the often malignant power of media on young people—video games very much included. David Walsh is founder and president of the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family, the country's leading organization examining the impact of electronic media on families.
November 1, 2006
Grace-Marie Turner, one of the nation's most fluent and influential free-market voices of reform, talks about consumer-directed health care, answering good questions such as: What, exactly is it? What's its future? What's all this enthusiasm, and sometimes commotion, over Health Savings Accounts? And might HSAs work for you?
Education Myths: What Special Interest Groups Want You to Know About Our Schools and Why it Isn't So
October 3, 2006
Citing reams of empirical evidence, Jay Greene discusses his new book, Education Myths, and how "much of what policy makers and parents believe today about education is as mythological as anything Homer or Aesop, even if it isn't nearly as poetic."
September 7, 2006
Elizabeth Marquardt previews a new study of how international trends in law, science, and culture are threatening age-old understandings of marriage and parenthood. Legal reforms and scientific advances are being pursued on behalf of adults and their interest in forming families as they choose. Stepping back: What about the interests and needs of children?