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Jul 3, 2015

On this week's Watchdog Podcast, Greece is in crisis after decades of over-spending finally caught up to it.

What lessons does the mess in Greece offer for American cities and states that have piled up debts in the public pension system? Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut discuss the political problems that have caused — and largely prevent the fixing of — those problems.

The Supreme Court has been in the news a lot in the last two weeks, as the justices issued their rulings and concluded this year's session.  But now it's time to look ahead to next year.  We'll hear from education reporter Moriah Costa, who sits down with Michael Bindas, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, to talk about a school choice lawsuit that will end up before the Supreme Court in 2016.

Our Picks of the Liter include check-ins with reporters in North Dakota and Pennsylvania. Rob Port tells us how the EPA might get what it wants, no matter what the Supreme Court has to say. Andrew Staub explains the budget impasse between Republicans and Democrats in Harrisburg.

Our "Big Dog" interview of the week is Matt Kittle, bureau chief at Wisconsin Watchdog. He tells us the secret, dirty details of NSA-style spying conducted by the Milwaukee County district attorney as part of the long-running John Doe investigation into conservative groups and activists. See what happens when law enforcement become an arm of political campaigns — it's not pretty.

All that, plus our Nanny of the Week, on the Watchdog Podcast.

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