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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We live under a form of slavery—government domination of the market economy. We have come a long way from a truly free economy: Consider the number of markets to which new firms do not have free...
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Unions offer protection to workers in some situations, but union membership represents only one fifth of the American labor force. And while some unions do benefit their members, it is generally at...
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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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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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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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Leo Rosten, Author, and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Hour two of a lively and occasionally controversial three-part interview of noted economist Friedrich von Hayek by Leo Rosten, in a...
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Robert Chitester, President of PBS station WQLN and Friedrich von Hayek, PhD Economics. Noted economist Friedrich von Hayek and Bob Chitester continue their discussions on American thought and...

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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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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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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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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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David Horowitz (BA Columbia-1959; MA UC Berkeley-1961) is an author/editor. In this discussion with co-editor Peter Collier, Horowitz now describes himself as a conservative. He challenges his past...
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William R. Allen is a Professor of Economics at UCLA, and host of 'The Midnight Economist' radio series. Allen, intent on improving the quality of economic education, believes journalists,...
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Dr. Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Laureate in Economics and author of "Free To Choose," urges alertness to the difference between false and real problems concerning government. The problem is not budget...

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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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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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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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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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