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Online launch of Season 2 of the Free Markets Series, broadcast on PBS affiliates

Montreal, April 18, 2016 – After having been broadcast in the United States and Canada on PBS affiliates, the second season of the Free Markets Series is now available online for the entire Internet community. As of today, four new 30-minute episodes can be found on the dedicated series web library, and on social media networks as well.

The Free Markets Series introduces viewers to some of the most dynamic and influential thinkers and activists exploring and analyzing the principles of the free market. Season 2 features Kris Mauren, executive director of the Acton Institute; Charles Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Randy Barnett, professor of legal theory at Georgetown University; and Luis Henrique Ball, publisher of the PanAm Post. These unique interviews are conducted by none other than Bob Scully, distinguished media personality and host of The World Show.

One of the most moving interviews is the one featuring Luis Henrique Ball, who left Venezuela after having been falsely accused of civil rebellion and treason for having defended civil and economic liberties as the head of a trade group. Even though these charges were eventually dropped, he decided to remain in the United States. “I have children, and I wanted my children to have a good future in freedom, and that’s the reason why I stayed,” he said in the interview.

Individual freedom, self-determination, deregulation, free trade, property rights, and the rule of law are some of the broad principles eloquently defended by the featured guests of these new interviews.

The Free Markets Series is produced by The World Show in partnership with the MEI. The World Show is a syndicated television program broadcast across North America, on 280 stations affiliated with American PBS, including in nine of the top ten Nielsen DMA markets.

“The MEI and The World Show are proud to be able to offer television viewers and the entire Internet community the chance to discover and appreciate the principles of the free market thanks to these respected thinkers sharing their profound convictions,” says Michel Kelly-Gagnon, President and CEO of the MEI.

Season 2 of the series is available on our website. The episodes can be viewed, commented on, and shared through social media networks.

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The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

This project was made possible in part through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed by the interviewees in each of the episodes do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Interview requests: Pascale Déry, Senior Advisor, Communications and Development, MEI / Tel.: 514-273-0969 ext. 2233 / Cell.: 514-502-6757 / Email: pdery@iedm.org

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