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  • India Awakes - Teaser

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    India is coming alive and flourishing economically. In fact, Citigroup estimates that by 2050, it will have the world’s largest economy, larger than China and the United States. For many centuries, only the politically connected and elite prospered in India, while the rest of the population lived in poverty. However, since 1991, 250 million people have been lifted out of poverty and are finding new ways to flex their personal and economic power.

    Banwari Lal Sharma, the president of a new street vendors association, is helping vendors in his area feel more empowered and able to stand up for their legal rights, after years of having to pay bribes to corrupt local officials.

    Rama Bhai, a Sagai village leader and farmer, comes from a group called the ‘forest people,’ who were once viewed as trespassers on the land where they have lived for generations. Through an unusual use of GPS systems and Google Earth they have now obtained deeds to their land.

    And Mannem Madhusudana Rao, who was born to one of the lowest rungs of India’s caste system, the “dalit,” was able to break free from the chains that have bound his societal position to a life of poverty. Through hard work and perseverance, Rao formed a major construction firm and has a much higher quality of life for himself and his extended family, along with a new status of “millionaire.” Show less
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  • Power to the People with Johan Norberg Play all

    The thirst for energy in developing countries will only grow as economic freedom spreads. People there see how we in the west live and refuse to be left behind. In “Power to the People,” by Swedish economist and author Johan Norberg explores the incredible challenge this demand presents to man- and woman-kind. As costs rise and concern for climate change increases, these questions loom large: How are we going to maintain our standard of living? How do we reduce our impact on the planet? And how will we get power to ALL the people?

    Norberg travels the world in “Power to the People” to peel back the layers of this global challenge, often questioning the conventional wisdom on what works and what doesn’t. His journey starts in the Moroccan bazaars of Marrakech, which functioned fine for eons without modern conveniences, but where electric lights, computers, cell phones and credit card readers are now everywhere. Even more telling is Norberg’s journey to a remote Berber village in the Sahara Desert. More than half the world still cooks its food over open flames but this is rapidly changing, including here, where women now cook on gas stoves, and some even have refrigerators.

    The revealing program examines global efforts to solve our energy dilemma – and how even the best of intentions sometimes result in unexpected consequences. For example, Germany’s decision to abolish nuclear power and increase the use of renewable energy has sent retail prices soaring, among the highest in Europe. It also resulted in an actual increase in the use of lignite coal-burning plants as the Germans discover that it takes temporary dependence on energy from fossil fuels to build a new clean energy economy. Imposing tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels to protect the German solar industry also slowed things down.

    In the U.S., “Power to the People” explores the great debate in a country whose energy consumption is now only surpassed by China. He reveals, perhaps surprisingly, how cities like New York consume far less energy per capita than the rest of the country. The controversy over America’s promising new energy source in hydro fracking is also examined, as is the folly of top-down government-imposed solutions. Witness the continued federal subsidies for corn ethanol, which have sent food prices soaring and not produced the promised a renewable energy return.

    Although daunting, the energy challenge can be met, Norberg believes – especially if governments step back from top-down imposed solutions. From a solar facility in Morocco to wind farms in England, a hydraulic fracking site in Pennsylvania, and a trucking company in Florida that is converting its fleet to natural gas, potential new sources and solutions abound. Coal, Oil, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Hydro, Biomass, Wind, and Solar are all in the mix and all come with their own problems.

    As Norberg finds, the world is overflowing with energy. The sun is shining, the world is turning, the wind is blowing, and water flows downhill. The only bottleneck when it comes to energy is our ability to safely convert, store and pay for it.

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  • Walter Williams: Suffer No Fools and More. Play all

    On the major social and political issues of our time, Walter Williams is one of America’s most important and provocative thinkers. He is black, yet he opposes affirmative action. He believes that the Civil Rights Act was a major error, that the minimum wage actually creates unemployment and that occupational and business licensure and industry regulation work against minorities and others in American business. Perhaps most importantly he has come to believe that it has been the welfare state that has done to black Americans what slavery could never do: destroy the black family. Walter Williams expresses all of these provocative ideas and more in this new public television documentary produced by Free To Choose Network.

    The program features material drawn from extensive contemporary interviews with Dr. Williams as well as appearances by authors and scholars: Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, Douglas Ginsberg and others. A rich archive of photographs and motion pictures supports this uniquely American story.

    The program traces Walter Williams rise from a child of the Philadelphia housing projects to become one of America’s most important authors and commentators and features the events of the 1960's when Walter Williams realized "black people cannot make great progress until they understand the economic system." It was then that he concluded that what America needed was to heed the words and the ideas of the Constitution.
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  • David Robinson Playlist Play all

    What’s it take to win at the game of life?

    Today’s teens face numerous challenges on a daily basis: peer pressure to conform, the struggle to fit in, trying to make good choices. David Robinson, a former NBA MVP and Olympian basketball player, talks frankly with teenagers about these issues and more. He speaks candidly about his life experiences, his career and family, and what forces influenced him to become the man he is today.

    After graduation, and a couple of years as an officer, it was time for professional ball. In 1989, the man they call “The Admiral” made his NBA debut. It wasn't long before he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. And it wasn't long ago that he signed a new contract, for 66 million dollars. David says he let celebrity go to his head for a brief time, but he quickly got his size 16 feet back on the ground, and now he lives his values. He puts in long hours at the gym, and in the weight room, practices to sharpen his playing skills, and thinks endlessly about ways he can lead his team effectively. He’s committed to his wife, Valerie, and their kids. And he works at being a good father. He even put in an appearance on Sesame Street.

    David Robinson also set up a foundation to help kids and families, and he contributes 10% of his earnings. But he also contributes his time at charity events and in TV spots aimed at young people.

    Two groups of high school students from diverse backgrounds participate in the discussion, offering their own experiences in dealing with these issues. How do they handle relationships? What does it take to be an effective leader? What’s the best way to resolve conflict?
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  • Putting Yourself First Playlist Play all

    Some people see putting yourself first as a selfish act, however if individuals don't partake in self-interest then no single person will benefit. David Robinson shows us how putting his needs first, made him a better husband, father and NBA athlete. Milton Friedman educates us on how venture capitalist, business owners and entrepreneurs need to put their goals and needs first before anyone else can benefit. Walter Williams shows us that by placing his needs first, and focusing on his education when all odds were against him, he was able to become a successful economist, author, and columnist. When you are taken care of and your needs are met, you are then able to focus your time towards helping and serving others.
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    Here is a playlist filled with all our Milton Friedman Media.
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