Emily Skarbek & David Skarbek

Emily C. Skarbek is director of MyGovCost.org, a project of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute. David Skarbek is the Searle visiting assistant professor of Political Science at Duke University.

  • It's Time to Get Rid of FEMA

    Disaster expenditures are determined by whether the states affected are important to the president's reelection and local representatives are members of oversight committees

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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