2012 was the 100th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s birth.  His work and ideas continue to make the world a better place.  As part of Milton Friedman’s Century, a revival of the ideas featured in the landmark television series Free To Choose are being revisited in a new 3-part PBS broadcast.

Testing Milton Friedman, hosted by award-winning veteran journalist Emily Rooney with a distinguished panel of two Friedman advocates and two challengers, presents a lively discussion and debate on Friedman’s still-provocative ideas in each of these hour-long programs. Special emphasis is placed on the relevance of his ideas in view of the current world economic situation. The episodes are:

Equality of Opportunity -- the panelists explore Friedman’s ideas and the possible implications of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. The panelists include:

    • Walter Williams -- author, syndicated columnist, and the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University
    • Shikha Dalmia -- Senior Policy Analyst at Reason Foundation
    • Matthew Yglesias -- political blogger
    • John Bouman -- President and Advocacy Director of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Government Control -- a discussion of what can occur when legislators, often in collusion with big business, intervene in the market.  This program features:

    • Amity Shlaes -- author and syndicated columnist and a Director at the George W. Bush Institute
    • Bryan Caplan -- Professor of Economics at George Mason University, Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and author
    • Austan Goolsbee -- former Chief Economist for President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a member of the Obama cabinet and Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
    • Clarence Page -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Chicago Tribune

Free Markets -- the panel discusses the classic explanations and demonstrations of the workings and benefits of a free market and economic freedom. The panelists are:

    • Kevin Murphy -- George J. Stigler Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
    • Raghuram Rajan -- Eric J. Gleacher Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India
    • Dani Rodrik -- author and Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
    • Brad DeLong -- Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration