Idea Channel Series
Milton Friedman Speaks
In print, radio, and television, Professor Milton Friedman applied the economic approach to the many challenges of human societies. He has done so in a manner that is both accessible to the average citizen, yet consistent with the best scholarly work. Recorded in 1977-78, these 15 lectures were originally intended to be the core content of what became the Free To Choose television programs.
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Inflation is blamed on many things. But it has only one cause: It is a monetary phenomenon. Inflation occurs when the quantity of money increases faster than the quantity of goods. Why does the money...
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Increasing government involvement in medical care will take us toward fully socialized medicine. This trend is clearly against the interests of patients, physicians, and other health care personnel....
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The quality of public education in America today in many places is deplorable. Dr. Friedman identifies (1) the increasing centralization and bureaucratization of the educational establishment, which...

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Friedrich A. Hayek Discussions
Austrian economist and political philosopher Friedrich A. Hayek, fellow economists and others explore his life and work, through a series of personal discussions.
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Tom Hazlett, Graduate Student in Economics, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek joins economist Tom Hazlett in an informative and thoughtful discussion of...
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Robert Bork, Professor of Law, Yale University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork and Nobel Prize winner Friedrich von Hayek continue their discussion on...
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Leo Rosten, Author, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Hour one of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of noted economist Friedrich von Hayek by Leo Rosten, in a...

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Gary Becker Discussions
Nobel prize-winning economist, scholar, author, and Professor Gary S. Becker passed away on May 3, 2014 at the age of 83, but he and his ideas will be remembered forever in these discussions.
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How rapidly should former Eastern Bloc countries convert to free market economies? Considering, and sometimes debating this question, are Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the...
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Dr. Gary Becker, 1992 Nobel Economist and Aaron Wildavsky, Prof. of Political Science and Public Policy, UC Berkeley, discuss the ways in which preferences and self-interest influence our decisions.
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Dr. Gary Becker, Professor of Economics & Sociology, University of Chicago and Richard Posner, author "Sex and Reason," discuss the challenge confronting those who apply market analysis to social...

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From Milton Friedman and Walter Williams, to Gary Becker and Charles Murray, these discussions let the viewer in on what these economists, businessmen and women, and other intellectuals considered not only their passion, but what they believed to be most important.
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James Buchanan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and 1986 Nobel Laureate, discusses political and constitutional rules within which politicians operate. He analyzes incentives faced...
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Julian Simon foresaw the falling natural resource prices, increased world oil supply, and decline in farmland prices. His view of population economics is unique and persuasive. Discussion covers...
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Inventor of the Ames Test and Chairman of Biochemistry at Berkeley, Professor Ames is concerned with the exaggeration of the danger of chemical residues in the environment. Peanut butter sandwiches...

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In this 11-part series, George P. Shultz is joined by former colleagues and fellow economics enthusiasts to discuss topics from U.S foreign policy, terrorism, negotiation, and the role of the State Department, to reminiscing about other colleagues from years past.
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George P. Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Kenneth W. Dam, Max Pam Professor Emeritus of American & Foreign Law, University of...
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George P. Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Shelby Steele, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
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George P. Shultz, Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Henry Rowen, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

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Take a look into the inner workings of American Government at a time when tensions reached to the limit of conflict in Cuba. Join panel members from the Kennedy cabinet discussing what it was like from the beginning to the end of the conflict, and find out how our government responded to the challenges presented to them.
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Panel members include Moderator Richard Neustadt of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy for National Security...
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Richard Neustadt, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and General Maxwell Taylor discuss Taylor's key role in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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A continuation of Phase II (above). Panel members include Moderator Richard Neustadt of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Robert S. McNamara, Secy. of Defense under J.F.K.;...

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