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Thinking about Think Tanks, Part One of Two  (aired 10/13/2005)
Today on Think Tank we are going to talk about Think Tanks. In Washington and elsewhere there are a plethora of such institutions -sometimes shrouded in mystery. Ideologically, they range from left, to right, to center; they play an important role in defining issues and ideas for both governments and for the public. How do these Think Tanks work; why are they important?

Great Scots!  (aired 10/2/2003)
Only three centuries ago, Scotland was a primitive country, still the scene of barbaric wars, torture, and witch trials. But not long after, Scottish philosophers created a common sense approach to the study of political economy - one whose reverberations can still be felt around the globe today. Just what did the Scottish Enlightenment contribute to America, and to the world?

Whatever Happened to Socialism?  (aired 6/13/2002)
The Twentieth Century has been called the Age of Ideology. One idea stands out as perhaps the most influential of all: Socialism. Some believe it is the most humane political idea ever invented, the key to peace and prosperity. Others accuse it of creating poverty and giving rise to the bloodiest regimes of the Twentieth Century. Did Socialism fulfill its promise? Perhaps most important, does Socialism still exist?

Measuring America  (aired 12/14/2000)
This week, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg examines the rise of social science in the twentieth century and its impact on American life. It has been said the that the twentieth century was the "first measured century," a time when Americans applied the techniques of social science to every facet of human activity. Today, few arguments are advanced and few decisions made without a check of the data. We now have numbers to describe everything our economic well-being, health, sexual behavior, attitudes and opinions. But is there a downside to this? Do statistics lead policymakers to intervene too quickly? Think Tank is joined by: Nicholas Eberstadt, the Henry Wendt chair in political economy at the American Enterprise Institute and author of The Tyranny of Numbers: Mismeasurement and Misrule. Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel professor of public policy at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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