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Mar 4, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week's episode: Does your kids' school have the right to look at their Facebook page? What about the need for the password? As Watchdog.org's Chris Dobrogosz and The Heartland Institute's Heather Kay discuss, one school in Illinois said "Yes."

Feb 27, 2015

This is Behind the Headlines, Watchdog.org’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news being uncovered by our Watchdog reporters.

You might have heard the news, but if you haven’t gone behind the headlines, you don’t know what you might be missing.

In this week's episode: We've all heard the phrase "net neutrality," and the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved more than 300 pages of new regulations that are supposed to ensure this principle remains the law of the land (or the web).

But what is net neutrality? Does it mean the government can take away your cat videos?  And why do regulations like this usually help the big guys, like Comcast, even if they are pitched as a way to limit those same industry giants' power?

Eric Boehm sits down with Watchdog.org national reporter Yael Ossowski to discuss the intentions and consequences of net neutrality.

Feb 27, 2015

Breaking The Piggy Bank is Watchdog.org’s weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it is affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

In this week's episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut discuss the practice of  pension spiking — a nifty trick discovered by public sector employees that allows them to sometimes double or even triple their annual pension payouts by scooping up higher-paying positions in the final few months before they retire. It costs taxpayers plenty, and it happens just about everywhere.

In Idaho, an effort to close one such pension spiking loophole is coming too late to stop a highly-paid Democratic appointee from cashing in. Dustin Hurst reports.

Feb 27, 2015

This is In Our Backyards, Watchdog.org's podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you can often be the most important, even if you don't hear much about it. We'll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment

We'll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because your tax dollars can be wasted by local officials just as easily as they can be wasted by member of Congress. In this week's episode, Ben Yount and Mark Lisheron discuss the mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, who couldn’t handle a bit of criticism from a conservative blogger who covers the town’s meetings. But watching local government, and local officials, is important business that’s not being done by the establishment media. Send us a tip or tell us what's happening in your backyard at

In this week's episode, Ben Yount and Mark Lisheron discuss the mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, who couldn’t handle a bit of criticism from a conservative blogger who covers the town’s meetings. But watching local government, and local officials, is important business that’s not being done by the establishment media. Send us a tip or tell us what's happening in your backyard at

Send us a tip or tell us what's happening in your backyard at @WatchdogOrg on Twitter.  If it's happening in your backyard, we want to know.

Feb 27, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform. Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. In this week’s episode, Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the budgetary and practical pitfalls of Medicaid expansion, which continues to entice states into accepting a massive expansion of federal entitlement spending. But it’s not just about

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. In this week’s episode, Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the budgetary and practical pitfalls of Medicaid expansion, which continues to entice states into accepting a massive expansion of federal entitlement spending. But it’s not just about

In this week’s episode, Katie Watson and Jason Hart take a look at the budgetary and practical pitfalls of Medicaid expansion, which continues to entice states into accepting a massive expansion of federal entitlement spending. But it’s not just about costs, because Medicaid expansion creates problems with doctor availability and hospital visits.

Feb 27, 2015

Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio's weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.

In this week's episode, host Matt Kittle sits down with attorney Rick Esenberg from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty to talk about the plight of Marquette University professor John McAdams. McAdams has been fired by the university for comments he wrote on a private blog last year regarding the treatment of a student who wanted to speak out against gay marriage.

Does the university have the right to do this? Even if they do, what does this say about the nature of intellectual debate and free speech in America's esteemed institutions of higher learning?

Feb 27, 2015

Code Blue is Watchdog Radio's weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.

Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there.

In this week's episode, hosts Katie Watson and Jason Hart examine the latest cultural and political debate over vaccinations. Is the government allowed to require vaccinations for the good of the many, even at the expense of individual's right to choose what is best for themselves and their children?  What role will the vaccination debate play in the 2016 presidential race?

Feb 27, 2015

Breaking The Piggy Bank is Watchdog.org's weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it is affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

In this week's episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at some of the common storylines associated with the pension crisis from coast-to-coast, including some of the games that have been played by public sector unions and politicians to create the mess in the first place.

Also, should the California state pension system have the right to place liens against government property in order to secure pension payments from bankrupt Stockton, California? The pension fund says it should, but a judge disagreed with them this week.

Feb 26, 2015

Welcome to “Sit Down And Shut Up,” Watchdog.org’s podcast examining education issues at the national, state and local levels. Hosts Ben Yount and Bre Payton take a critical look at the education establishment, the growth of school choice and the ways free markets can be a part of fixing America’s broken school system.

In this week’s episode: Yount and Payton look at the exploding cost of college in the U.S. Are your student loans putting your personal information at risk? If you’ve defaulted on a loan, it might have been passed over to a debt-collection agency that doesn’t meet federal data security standards.

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