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The reality of a $15 minimum wage; Should big tech be regulated?

Ep. 188

On July 18, the Raise the Wage Act passed the U.S House of Representatives, a bill that would double federal minimum wage by 2025. Members of Congress who support the bill believe it will increase pay for 27 million workers and lift over one million people out of poverty, but those opposed to the bill say it would cause millions more to lose their jobs. Dave Hebert, professor of economics at Aquinas College, joins the podcast to dispel some of the biggest misconceptions of raising federal minimum wage and what real effects the bill would have. On the second segment, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, professor of law at the University of Tennessee and author of the new book, "The Social Media Upheaval," joins the show to examine the benefits and drawbacks of social media. Glenn argues that social media and especially Twitter is increasingly "poisoning" journalism and politics. How can we reduce big tech censorship and the toll of social media while also respecting free speech?

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Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

Ep. 237
The latest term of the Supreme Court, which wrapped up on July 8th, saw the Court decide several cases with major implications for religious liberty. While the outcomes of Espinoza v. Montana, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru and Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania have been largely viewed as victories for advocates of expanding religious liberty in America, the court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch and holding that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, has been viewed as potentially having adverse consequences for the cause of religious liberty.What are we to make of these latest developments in the Supreme Court’s religious liberty jurisprudence?David French – Senior Editor at The Dispatch and a former constitutional litigator with Alliance Defending Freedom and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – joins us to discuss the current status of religious liberty, both in the courts and in the culture writ large.Espinoza v. Montana: A victory for school choice – but for how long? - Rev. Ben JohnsonLittle Sisters, big victories - Rev. Ben JohnsonThe Case for Religious Liberty Is More Compelling than the Case for Christian Power - David FrenchWhatever Happened to Baby Blaine? - David French & Sarah IsgurLittle Sisters 2: Vacated and Remanded - David French & Sarah IsgurThe Supreme Court Tries to Settle the Religious Liberty Culture War - David French