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Commercial Space Flights & the FAA

Short video featuring Glenn Reynolds
Glenn Reynolds September 27, 2016

What role does the FAA play in regulating private missions to the moon or Mars? Prof. Glenn Reynolds of the University of Tennessee College of Law discusses recent advancements in commercial space exploration and the laws that govern space flight.

What is Bitcoin?

Short video featuring Max Raskin
Max Raskin September 08, 2016

Max Raskin, Research Fellow at the Institute for Judicial Administration at NYU Law, explains the theory and logic behind Bitcoin, what Bitcoins can be used for, and how Bitcoin has transformed our understanding of currency.

Future videos on this topic will discuss Bitcoin's mining process and various legal issues that surround the currency.

The Lawmaking Power of Federal Agencies

Short video featuring Chris Walker
Christopher J. Walker September 02, 2016

What are the limits of the powers of federal agencies? Prof. Chris Walker of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law discusses federal agency lawmaking and whether or not the administrative state is constitutional.

$400 Million to Iran: Ransom or Diplomacy?

Short video featuring Jamil N. Jaffer
Jamil N. Jaffer August 25, 2016

Jamil N. Jaffer explains the legal implications of the US State Department's payment of $400 million to Iran in light of US sanctions against the country. Prof. Jaffer also explores further questions: Was the payment "ransom"? Was it legal? 

Mr. Jaffer is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Homeland and National Security Law Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

Democracy and Political Ignorance

Short video featuring Ilya Somin
Ilya Somin August 18, 2016

What role does ignorance play in voting and political decision-making? Can political ignorance be rational? Is it good for society? Ilya Somin, professor of law at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, discusses the problems (and virtues) of political ignorance in a democracy and how we might mitigate negative consequences.

You might also be interested in Professor Somin's book on this topic: Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter