Testing Milton Friedman - Digital HD

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Testing Milton Friedman, hosted by award-winning veteran journalist Emily Rooney with a distinguished panel of two Friedman advocates and two challengers, presents a lively discussion and debate on Friedman's still-provocative ideas in each of these hour-long programs.

Special emphasis is placed on the relevance of his ideas in view of the current world economic situation. The episodes are as follows:

Equality of Opportunity -- the panelists explore Friedman's ideas and the possible implications of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. The panelists include:

  • Walter Williams -- author, syndicated columnist, and the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University
  • Shikha Dalmia -- Senior Policy Analyst at Reason Foundation
  • Matthew Yglesias -- political blogger
  • John Bouman -- President and Advocacy Director of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Government Control -- a discussion of what can occur when legislators, often in collusion with big business, intervene in the market. This program features:

  • Amity Shlaes -- author and syndicated columnist and a Director at the George W. Bush Institute
  • Bryan Caplan -- Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and author
  • Austan Goolsbee -- former Chief Economist for President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a member of the Obama cabinet and Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
  • Clarence Page -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Chicago Tribune.

Free Markets -- the panel discusses the classic explanations and demonstrations of the workings and benefits of a free market and economic freedom. The panelists are:

  • Kevin Murphy -- George J. Stigler Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Raghuram Rajan -- Eric J. Gleacher Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India
  • Dani Rodrik -- author and Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Brad DeLong -- Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration.
© 2012 / 3 episodes @ 1 hr. ea.