Cato Daily Podcast: Episodes

Amendments to reform NSA surveillance powers have narrowly failed in the last two years. U.S. Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) is confident the next Congress will be more supportive of reform efforts.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/MGtrYtYz0U4" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Pessimism is rampant despite great progress in human flourishing. Steven Pinker discusses reasons why and the implications.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/pod8_VuSkTc" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Revelations in a new Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA-led torture detail an agency that acted without specific authority and misled its own overseers. Patrick G. Eddington comments on the new report.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/NwbszrjKzLU" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
The climate change talks in Peru are much like those held each December: lofty rhetoric and limited prospects for a global agreement on climate change. Patrick J. Michaels comments.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/CT4eGVulCzw" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to soon release details about CIA-led torture during the George W. Bush White House. Patrick Eddington comments.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/4mQfNsam5ao" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
The uncertain march to war in Iraq and Syria continues. Christopher Preble comments on John Kerry's testimony and the dubious authority underlying the President's war plans.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/XVqqpD_l3m0" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Europe's banks have been pushed around by regulators, leading to shrinking credit for businesses and a weaker economy. Steve Hanke explains.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/yaen_2z8Gxc" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
There are immigration reforms that the President and the incoming Congress can agree to implement. Alex Nowrasteh explains.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/R1bu1Sdk96s" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Lawrence Lessig's Mayday PAC was supposed to bring about the end of superPACs. Instead, it may have violated some of the least complicated elements of campaign finance regulation. David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics comments.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/_7W43dzO-xE" ...
Public choice economics came at a critical time, when trust in government was increasing. The insights of that field should make us all less trusting of broad governmental solutions, according to Don Boudreaux.

"Why Government Fails and Why Ideas Matter," Cato Policy Report, November/December 2014<img ...
Another hidden gift inside the Affordable Care Act: mandatory calorie labeling for many restaurant menus. Walter Olson comments on the complications and potential unintended consequences of such a mandate.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/nMHr4mcTBkE" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad nine years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. Flemming Rose is author of The Tyranny of Silence.The Tyranny of Silence Cato Book ForumThe Tyranny of Silence Cato ...
Fossil fuels have driven human progress and dramatically reduced grinding poverty, says Alex Epstein. That's a hard pill for many people to swallow.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/mZTcDJQbs3w" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
A somewhat surprising vote in the U.S. Senate on reining in surveillance authorities. Patrick Eddington argues that the struggle for oversight of the National Security Agency continues.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/fIiu4-zQM-k" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
A surprise win for Klaus Johannis should signal optimism in the European Union, says Dalibor Rohac.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/0TzPcwhgrbc" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Before the Great Depression, there was the Great Forgotten Depression. It's worth remembering, says author James Grant.

The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/FsJZ3aB6GmY" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
President Obama may move soon to begin delaying deportations among other immigration reforms. Members of Congress have vowed a fight. Alex Nowrasteh evaluates the President's options.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/aqDJgFYFBHA" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
In some modern industries, it's hard to separate the bootlegger from the baptist. Adam Smith, coauthor of Bootleggers and Baptists, says the marijuana industry offers some interesting case studies.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/iHy9NXzfP7c" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
How will the new Congress deal with surveillance issues? Cato's Patrick G. Eddington is optimistic.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/lu3lxiDv8YM" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
Should the market for telecommunication services be treated like your old rotary dial phone? Berin Szoka with TechFreedom comments.<img src="//feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/sg0Exr0aeEA" height="1" width="1" alt="" />
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