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Mar 28, 2014

Show 1108 Part 8 of Prager University: Get the Education You Missed in 5 minutes

1. Welcome: Prager University

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How would you like to learn a lot... in a short amount of time? A major infusion of knowledge in, say, five minutes? And what if those five minutes distilled the best ideas of some of the best minds in the world?


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At Prager University, five minutes is all the time we need to communicate many of the most important ideas in life. No less an authority than Abraham Lincoln confirms this view. His Gettysburg Address, widely considered the most important speech in American history, is all of 272 words -- less than a third the length of our courses.


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2. America's Debt Crisis Explained

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Fact: America's national debt stands at $17 trillion. That's a tough number to grasp. Most people will never come close to making $1 million in any given year. How can we understand the magnitude of the hole our country is in? Well, imagine you owed your credit card company $200,000. On top of that you have to pay them about $4,000 per year in interest. You are bringing in $150,000 per year, but you are spending way more than that. How are you going to ever pay back that $200,000 debt? And what happens if you default? Well, that is America today. The problem is clear. And we brought Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, to propose a solution.


3. The Least Free Place in America

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Question: Which American institution—one that prides itself on being open, democratic, and diverse—punishes its members severely for offering unpopular opinions, while it offers them a very narrow, limited worldview? Answer: Universities. Once the vanguard of open debate and free speech, colleges have become a place where alternative thinking goes to die. Students who speak out on behalf of traditional American ideals, unfortunately, are often silenced by college administrators. Learn how the college campus, a place that should be an intellectual melting pot, has turned into anything but, violating the rights of those who have alternate opinions.


Lecturer: Greg Lukianoff, President at The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. His book, "Unlearning Liberty," is available on Amazon:


4. Why be Happy?

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Dennis Prager talks about one of humanity's biggest pursuits--happiness. It's mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. Therapists and psychologists (and even pharmaceutical companies!) make their careers out of helping people be and feel happy. And we all know that being unhappy, and being around unhappy people, is no fun. Dennis will discuss why happiness, while great for personal and emotional reasons, is far more than a selfish pursuit. It is a moral obligation. Being happy around others is a necessary ingredient of growing up and accumulating friends. No one likes a Moody Mary. Also, more happiness makes for a better world. After all, how many of the world's dictators and tyrants are motivated by happiness? None! So, learn how to be happy and learn why being happy is so important.


5. Why Rent Control Hurts Renters

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Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute shows why price ceilings on apartments hurt those it intends to help -- but also why rent control is here to stay. She explains the background of rent control in America (focusing on New York in particular) and the negative effect it has on prospective renters and on the quality of rent-controlled apartments. Did you know that landlords of rent controlled apartments in New York City rarely improve their properties? Watch this video and learn why. Hint: They know that there's a long line of people ready to move in if their current tenants get fed up. And even though evidence suggests (and economists on the Left and Right agree) that rent control is self-destructive, the voters love it!


6. Is Evil Rational?

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Is evil rational? If it is, then how can we depend on reason alone to make a better world? Best-selling author Dennis Prager has a challenging answer.


7. Feminism 2.0

We hear it all the time: "America is patriarchal!", "American women are oppressed!". Well, a lifelong feminist and former National Organization for Women member, Tammy Bruce, is tired of hearing it--and she has a solution laid out in our newest video: Feminism 2.0. One that tells women that they should be proud to act feminine. One that tells them that simply copying men and masculine traits is actually demeaning to women. One that honors all responsible choices, including becoming a wife and mother.


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For additional Prager University on our ACU podcast vist our past shows:

Part 1 of Prager University see ACU Show 531

 Part 2 of Prager University see ACU Show 664

 Part 3 of Prager University see ACU Show 908

 Part 4 of Prager University see ACU Show 909

 Part 5 of Prager University see ACU Show 910

 Part 6 of Prager University see ACU Show 1018

 Part 7 of Prager University see ACU Show 1019