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The Political Orphanage

Apr 30, 2019

Student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion dollars — more than credit card debt — prompting some ascendant Democrats to push for loan cancellation and tax-funded university tuition. Heaton figures out what’s making it so expensive with filmmaker and friend Royce Sharp.

Apr 29, 2019

Deanna Easley rejoins Heaton to talk about welfare: when it works, when it traps, and her experiences on it. Plus, Heaton explains a Biden vs. Trump election through ostrich racing, and producer Jennings comes on with timely feedback.

Apr 26, 2019

Comedian Bridget Phetasy joins Heaton for a Friday Release Valve episode to sort out the week’s better headlines, from how the Philippines might trigger World War III, to man-killing birds, to black-market colonoscopies.

Apr 25, 2019

Did Trump win the election because economically displaced Rust Belt workers wanted a shake-up, or because old white guys can’t handle change? Tim Carney rejects that dichotomy and says that the 2016 election had more to do with the nature of the community you hail from: whether it’s connected, upwardly mobile, and...

Apr 24, 2019

Gene Epstein is the director and moderator of the New York-based debate society the Soho Forum and formerly the economics editor at Barron’s. He’s also Heaton’s mentor in economics. He comes on the program to chastise Heaton for his ideological foibles, then to talk about why the Federal Reserve Board is horrible...