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Here are some previous Think Tank programs that may be of interest.
What’s on the Mind of the "Radical Middle"? (aired 2/1/2001)
This week, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg talks to two dyed-in-the-wool policy wonks to find out what's on their agenda. Isabel Sawhill and Rudolph Penner are co-authors of "Updating America¹s Social Contract: Economic Growth and Opportunity in the New Century," Together, they lay out an agenda for the "radical middle," arguing that politicians "seem more interested in
a symbolic victory ... than in working to find common ground on substantive issues." Penner and Sawhill stake out that common ground and urge policy reforms to improve the safety net for the poor, shore up Social Security and Medicare, and foster productivity growth in the private sector. Leaving the politicians aside for a day, how would two policy wonks address America's most important domestic issues?
Harvesting Biotechnology (aired 11/25/1999)
Think Tank inspects genetically modified foods. These foods can be engineered to resist frosts, diseases, insects, and herbicides. Genetically modified crops now cover about a quarter of U.S. cropland. However, acceptance of this relatively new technology is not universal. European critics call GM foods “Frankenstein Foods,” and environmentalists worry that they could upset a delicately balanced ecosystem. Do existing benefits outweigh potential harms?
Is Gambling A Sucker Bet? (aired 7/29/1999)
Think Tank examines gambling in America. Many state and local governments who previously prosecuted gambling now actively promote it. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia host their own lotteries. But do the billions of dollars in revenue and the jobs created by the gaming industry outweigh gambling’s considerable social costs?
Prisons (aired 5/8/1999)
How many prisoners are too many? What risks come with a prison population that's too big? How about one that's too small?
Is America Turning the Corner? (aired 1/30/1999)
Think Tank examines whether American culture is changing. Is this change, if any, for the betterment of American society? Is the sky still falling or is America moving ahead?
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