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Now displaying: November, 2012
Nov 30, 2012

Show 912 Part 2 of 3 The Real Lincoln.

Michael Medved relates a terrific 3 part series on Abraham Lincoln.

Note: Part 3 of 3 has been deleted from the ACU podcast for Copyright reasons. 

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Nov 28, 2012

Show 911 Part 1 of 3 The Real Lincoln.

Michael Medved relates a terrific 3 part series on Abraham Lincoln.

 

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Nov 26, 2012

Show 910 Part 5 of Prager University: Get the Education You Missed in 5 minutes. 

 

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  1. Prager University: How the Vietnam War Was Won and Lost

Most of what you believe about the Vietnam War isn't true. In this second installment of Prager University's "Wisdom of the Masters" series, foreign policy expert, Bruce Herschensohn, explains how the U.S. Congress turned victory in the Vietnam War into defeat.

 

  1. Prager University: The Case for Marriage

Is there case to be made for marriage, long the bedrock institution of civilized society? Or is it just another social antique, the creation of an outdated patriarchy and no longer relevant in modern life?

 

  1. Prager University: The Four Big Bangs

Who takes the greater leap of faith -- the atheist or the believer? Best selling author and award-winning radio talk show host, Frank Pastore, poses this question in this compelling Prager University video course.

 

  1. Prager University: Key to Happiness and Goodness

Is there a key that unlocks the door to personal happiness and goodness? Yes. And Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated talk show host and best selling author, knows what it is.

 

  1. Prager University: Men and the Power of the Visual - Male/Female Differences, 1

Dennis Prager, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, begins his discussion on male/female differences. The male preoccupation with the visual is the first topic raised.

 

  1. Prager University: The Missing Tile Syndrome

It's human nature to focus our attention on what we don't have. Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best selling author, explains why this is the express lane to unhappiness. And what we can do to fight it.

 

  1. Prager University: Everyday Ethics: Consumer Rights... and Wrongs

We talk endlessly about consumer rights, but is there such a thing as consumer obligations? Dennis Prager, best selling author and nationally syndicated talk show host, answers this question and comes up with some answers that will not only change the way you shop, but the way you live.

 

  1. Prager University: Are You a Liberal?

Take the test here: http://www.prageru.com/test. Do you think you're a liberal? If so, is it because you hold liberal positions or is it because you believe that conservatives are selfish and mean-spirited? Watch this video course and then take the test. You might be surprised by the result.

Nov 23, 2012

Show 909 Part 4 of Prager University: Get the Education You Missed in 5 minutes. 

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 1.      Prager University: Do High Taxes Raise More Money?

If you raise taxes does it automatically follow that you'll raise more revenue? Is there a point at which tax rates become counterproductive? UCLA Economics professor, Tim Groseclose, answers these questions and poses some fascinating new ones.

2.      Prager University: Hiroshima -- Why America Dropped the Bomb

In August 1945 America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end WWII. Six decades later that decision is still controversial. But should it be? Father Wilson Miscamble, Professor of History at Notre Dame, answers the question in the one of the most powerful five minutes you'll ever see.

3.      Prager University: The Welfare State and the Selfish Society

Does capitalism and the free market make you selfish? Dennis Prager, best selling author and nationally syndicated talk show host, answers this question and challenges what for many has become conventional wisdom.

4.      Prager University:Understanding Men and Women: Why They See Things Differently

Men and Women live in the same world, so why do they see it so differently? Renowned relationship expert, Alison Armstrong, provides answers that are provocative and profound in this entertaining. fully animated Prager University course, the first in a new series.

5.      Prager University: The Power of Profit

Did you ever wonder why anything gets anywhere? How potatoes from Idaho, for example, end up in a supermarket in NYC? Acclaimed economist, Walter Williams, explains why it all depends on one thing – profit

6.      Prager University: 4th of July Declaration

The 4th of July is America's birthday. That's a big deal. This brief ceremony will help you bring meaning back into this holiday. It's easy and fun. Join the party!

7.      Prager University: Paul Johnson

Dennis inaugurates a new feature of Prager University: Wisdom of the Masters, interviews with some of the finest minds in the world. First up, influential British historian Paul Johnson, author of "Modern Times, " "The Intellectuals" and "A History of the American People."

8.      Prager University: Actions Matter (Not Thoughts)

Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best selling author, discusses the significant difference between what we do (our actions) and our thoughts and intentions.

9.      Prager University: When Telling the Truth Is Wrong

Everybody thinks it's wrong to tell lies, but are there times when it's wrong to tell the truth? Renowned theologian Joseph Telushkin has a surprising answer. Take "The 24 Hour Challenge" http://www.prageruniversity.com/24-hour-challenge.html and we'll send you a gift!

10.  Prager University: The Most Important Verse in the Bible

No one, not even the most devoted atheist, denies that the Bible is the most influential book ever written. So, what is the most important verse in this most important book?

11.  Prager University: Is Israel an Apartheid State?

Is Israel an Apartheid State? Dennis Prager provides the definitive answer. He also explains why some people ask it. This question would be absurd if people didn't take it seriously. Their motive is often disingenuous. They want to de-legitimize Israel by trying to link it to Apartheid South Africa. Visit www.PragerUniversity.com to learn more about the Middle East Conflict and other courses you don't want to miss.

12.  Prager University: Human Nature -- Are We Basically Good? 

Dennis discusses our core human nature. Are we basically good? How you answer this question says a lot about your world view. After attending this Prager U course, that view may change.

Nov 21, 2012

Show 908 Part 3 of Prager University: Get the Education You Missed in 5 minutes. Conservative Talk Radio, Conservative Talk.

 

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  1. A brief summary of what is Prager University.

Welcome to Prager University. Best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Dennis Prager, explains the founding principles behind Prager University and how, through an ever expanding curriculum of five minute courses taught by the finest faculty in the world, Prager University can give you the education you should have received. Tuition is voluntary.

  1. Prager University: Happiness is a Moral Obligation

Dennis Prager, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, makes the case that happiness is much more than a personal pursuit, it's a moral obligation.

Help us build Prager University. Click on    http://prageru.com/contribute

  1. Prager University: Adam Carolla on Luck

You're lucky that you're unlucky. Comedian and podcaster extraordinaire, Adam Carolla, explains why in his first course for Prager University.

  1. Prager University: The Middle East Problem

Why is the Middle East Problem so intractable? Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated talk show host and best-selling author, answers that question in this thought-provoking video course.

5.      Prager University: The Moral Case for the British Empire

Is there a moral case to be made for the British Empire? To even ask the question at your typical university would be to invite derision. That's a shame because the British Empire's legacy is one Western Civilization should be proud of. We'd be living in a much less free and prosperous world without it. Historian HW Crocker III explains why in this eye-opening Prager University course.

6.      Prager University: The American Trinity

Dennis Prager, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, outlines the three pillars of American values in this preview of his new venture, Prager University.

7.      Prager University: Proving Media Bias

Is there a left tilt to the media's coverage of the news? If there is, can it be proven? And if it can be proven, can the consequences be quantified in a meaningful way? Acclaimed UCLA Professor of Political Science and Economics, Tim Groseclose, has the startling answers in this new Prager University course. Whatever you do, don't miss his final conclusion.

8.      Prager University: Happiness Equation

There are all kinds of ways to make yourself unhappy. The easiest is to compare an image of yourself to reality. Best selling author, Dennis Prager explains how this works with near mathematical precision.

9.      Prager University: Arthur Brooks on Free Markets and Happiness

The words "happiness" and "free enterprise" don't usually appear in the same sentence. Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, explains why they should.

10.  Prager University: God, Part 1: What Would Make You Believe in God?

 Dennis Prager, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, asks a fundamental question and comes up with an answer that may surprise both believers and non-believers.

11.  Prager University: Jonah Goldberg on Ideology

According to popular myth, if you hold conservative political views, you're a rigid ideologue, unwilling to compromise. But if you hold liberal political views, you're practical and open minded. Best selling author, Jonah Goldberg, explains how this myth got started and why it's wrong in this Prager University course.

12.  Prager University: The Bigger the Government...

Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and best-selling author, asks a fascinating and important question: what happens to the citizens of a country when the government gets bigger and bigger?

Nov 19, 2012

 

Show 907  

Segment 1- Blake Boles on his book"Better Than College

 

"If you're undecided, if you just want to go for the social experience, if you just want to move away from home, if you want to generally explore the liberal arts, I think that all those things can be done much more cheaply, effectively, and, again, building more of an entrepreneurial spirit by taking a path that is not traditional college."

Reason TV sat down with Blake Boles to discuss his controversial book, Better Than College, which makes the case for education through entrepreneurship.

Outside of the hard sciences, a degree may or may not guarantee success and may hinder innovation in some cases. Rather than endure the financial stress of five figure student debt, Boles suggests employing creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit to create something of value for the world.


Duration 5:03

 

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Segment 2:  FutureofEducation.com’s interview with Blake Boles, entrepreneur, educator, and author of Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree.

For a free copy of the book (after you sign up for their email list) visit:

http://www.better-than-college.com/

 

Free Book link:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/94213313/Better-Than-College-How-to-Build-a-Successful-Life-Without-a-Four-Year-Degree-PDF-Edition?secret_password=1ubbliaij6ly6w299d4y

 

Blake is also the author of College Without High School), is the director of Unschool Adventures, and the founder of Zero Tuition College. In 2003 Blake was studying astrophysics at UC Berkeley when he stumbled upon a treasure trove of books by authors John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, John Holt, and other pioneers in the realm of alternative education. Deeply inspired by the philosophies of unschooling and free schooling, Blake custom-designed his final two years of college to study these subjects full-time. After graduating he joined the Not Back to School Camp community and began writing and speaking widely on the subject of self-directed learning.

 

In Blake’s previous lives, he has worked as a high-volume cook, Aurora Borealis physics research assistant, delivery truck driver, math tutor, outdoor science teacher, EMT medic, summer camp director, market researcher, web designer, and windsurfing and tree climbing instructor. He keeps a running goal (and failure) list. His biggest passion is sharing his enthusiasm and experience with young adults who are blazing their own trails through life. He is 30 years old.

 

Do you need college in order to be taken seriously and earn a real living?

Conventional wisdom says yes. But true success relies upon self-knowledge and entrepreneurship: two qualities that you can obtain effectively and inexpensively without traditional college.

 

Better Than College provides the step-by-step guidance and inspiration necessary to design your own higher education. This book teaches you how to find community, stay on track, and get hired or start your own venture, all without a four-year degree. Curious college students will learn to think clearly about their motivations, plan a gap year, or navigate life after school. And Better Than College will show parents how self-directed learning can lead to a lifetime of achievement no expensive institution required.

 

 

Why I Wrote Better Than College (from Blake)

 

Since the 2008-9 recession, we've seen a flurry of books that criticize the notion of college-for-all--such as Academically Adrift, Higher Education?, The Five-Year Party, and Crisis on Campus--as well as many articles and op-ed pieces that make similar arguments. Condensed, these arguments typically amount to:

 

college is overpriced, 

college no longer guarantees success, and 

college no longer offers a rigorous experience.

 

But what we haven't seen are concrete suggestions for what a bright young adult might do with her time instead of going to college. Even if the above arguments are correct, what is a young person to do if there are no viable alternatives to college?

 

That's why I wrote Better Than College. Drawing from my years of involvement in the world of "unschooling" and interviews with dozens of young people who consciously made the decision to skip (or leave) college, I constructed a "how-to" guide for giving yourself a higher education without four-year college.

 

My book doesn't focus on the Gates' and Zuckerbergs who made huge amounts of money without a college degree; for that, take a look at Michael Ellsberg's excellent book The Education of Millionaires. Instead, I focus on how a young person can become financially independent, self-employed (or very happily employed), well-rounded, and well-connected without the grace of a college institution.

 

You don't have to be a young genius to put my principles and concrete advice into action. Rather, this book is for any young adult (or adult-adult) who wants to define his own version of success and isn't satisfied to wait four years (and take on tens of thousands of dollars in debt) to do

 

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Nov 16, 2012

Show 906

Segment 1.  John Stosell and Richard Tren detail how the DDT ban, a great victory for environmentalism, has led to a multitude of deaths throughout the world.

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7 minutes

 

Segment 2. Reason TV.   Demonizing DDT: Challenging The Scare Campaign That Has Cost Millions of Lives

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In The Excellent Powder: DDT's Political and Scientific History, Richard Tren and Donald Roberts argue that the infamous insecticide is the world's greatest public-health success stories, saving millions of lives by preventing insect-borne disease. Unfortunately for those in areas still infested with mosquitoes and other flying bugs, DDT is also the world's most-misunderstood substance, the target of a decades-long scientifically ignorant and ideologically motivated campaign that has vastly limited its use and applications.

 

From Rachel Carson in the 1960s to contemporary critics, DDT has been the object of what Roberts, a professor of tropical public health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, calls "scare campaigns" that link DDT to "theoretical harms to wildlife and human life that simply don't exist."

 

Dubbed "the excellent powder" by Winston Churchill for its life-saving qualities, DDT has the potential to transform the developing world from a malarial hell into something else again. Yet as Tren, the winner of the 2009 Julian L. Simon Award, warns, under current international conventions, global DDT production is scheduled to be halted in 2017, thereby consigning much of the world to less-effective and more-expensive alternatives that will consign millions of poor people to living hell.

 

Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie sat down with Tren and Roberts, who are part of Africa Fighting Malaria, to talk about how DDT got such a bad rap and what can be done to set the record straight.

Approximately 9.15 minutes.

  

Segment 3 Michael Crichton on DDT

http://youtu.be/aSYla0y9Wcs   

5 minutes

 

Segment 4- Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson

Cato Institute, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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http://www.cato.org/event.php?eventid=9185  

 

Featuring the co-editor Andrew Morriss, D. Paul Jones, Jr., & Charlene A. Jones Chairholder in Law and Professor of Business, University of Alabama; Senior Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center; Richard Tren, program officer at Searle Freedom Trust; moderated by Jerry Taylor, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

 

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Widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement when published 50 years ago, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring had a profound impact on our society. While Carson was not the first to write about the dangers of pesticides or to sound environmental alarms, her book captured and retained the attention of the public. As an iconic work, the book has received little critical inquiry, but this landmark anniversary provides an opportunity to reassess its legacy and influence. In Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson, experts explore the book's historical context, the science it was built on, and the policy consequences of its core ideas. The conclusions reached by the authors make it clear that the legacy of Silent Spring is highly problematic. Carson made little effort to provide a balanced perspective and consistently ignored key evidence that would have contradicted her work. Thus, while the book provided a range of notable ideas, a number of Carson's major arguments rested on what can only be described as deliberate ignorance. Silent Spring at 50 reveals the dangers of substituting sensationalism for fact, and apocalyptic pronouncements for genuine knowledge. Join Andrew Morriss, one of the book's authors and editors, for what promises to be a unique and compelling discussion.

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Nov 14, 2012

Show 905 TED Presentations. The Future of Online Education.

Segment One- Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

In 2004, Salman Khan, a hedge fund analyst, began posting math tutorials on YouTube. Six years later, he has posted more than 2.000 tutorials, which are viewed nearly 100,000 times around the world each day.

To watch the video of this audio segment visit: http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html

To visit Khan Academy visit: http://www.khanacademy.org/

Segment Two-  What we're learning from online education by Daphne Koller

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

With Coursera, Daphne Koller and co-founder Andrew Ng are bringing courses from top colleges online, free, for anyone who wants to take them. Full bio »

We should spend less time at universities filling our students' minds with content by lecturing at them, and more time igniting their creativity … by actually talking with them.” (Daphne Koller)

To watch the video of this segment visit:

http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education.html

 To visit the website for these mentioned free courses visit:

https://www.coursera.org/   

 

 Segment Three - Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom.

Peter Norvig is a leading American computer scientist, expert on artificial intelligence and the Director of Research at Google Inc

Peers can be the best teachers, because they're the ones that remember what it's like to not understand.” (Peter Norvig)

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http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_norvig_the_100_000_student_classroom.html

 

Nov 12, 2012

 Show 904 The John Stossel show on Fox. Gas Myths

Season 2012 Episode 120   41 minutes.  Aired on 05/31/2012. Has some poor audio quality on this show.

 

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Nov 11, 2012

Show  903 The election was a very bad day for America. But amidst the wreckage, there are reasons for optimism. Dennis analyzes last night’s results.

 

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Nov 9, 2012

Show  902 Thomas Sowell: In The Right Direction a 2005 Fox News Special interview by Fred Barnes.

This is great special on one of the great conservative minds discussing the relevant issues of our day. 

 

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