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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John Stuart Mill said, in effect, that self-protection is the only legitimate reason for people to interfere with the freedom of others. If we are to define the role of government in a free society,...
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Is America still the land of opportunity, or is it a land worn thin, showing much bureaucracy and less freedom? Dr. Friedman’s view of America’s present situation is not sanguine. He identifies...
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Why do Americans pay more in taxes than they really want to? Can they do anything about it? Americans must understand that their true tax burden is what the government spends—regardless of how that...

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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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Armen Alchian, Professor of Economics, UCLA and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Professor Alchian engages Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich von Hayek in reminiscences that provide a uniquely...
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James Buchanan, Professor of Economics, George Mason University and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Nobel laureates Hayek and Buchanan engage in a spirited discussion of von Hayek's controversial...

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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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Is the economic theory of utility a useful way of understanding consumer behavior? Ronald Coase and Gary Becker, Nobel Economists at the University of Chicago, explain and discuss the theory of...
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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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The PRC Forum
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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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. degree in economics from California State University - Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D degrees in economics from UCLA. He also...
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Dr. Gary Becker, Professor of Economics & Sociology, University of Chicago explains why the family is and will continue to be a dominant 'player' in economic activities. National productivity is...
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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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The Cuban Missle Crisis
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; Robert S. McNamara, Secy. of Defense under J.F.K.; George W. Ball, under Secy. of State...
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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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