Live podcast hosted by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie
Topic: Ep. 108 — America’s Budget Deficit 101
When: Tuesday 3/8/2022 at 2:00 pm ET
Join Janine Turner, Cathy Gillespie, and Constituting America’s Student Ambassadors (Tova Love Kaplan, Jewel Gilbert, & Jorne Gilbert) as they chat with Constitutional experts on hot-topic issues via Zoom! The audience is not on camera but is encouraged to ask questions via the Q&A. Current Series: The American Economy.
Meet the Guest
Ivan Pongracic, Jr.
Ivan Pongracic, Jr. is the William E. Hibbs/Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, where he has been teaching since 2000. He received his bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and aerospace engineering from Purdue University in 1992, and his doctorate in economics from George Mason University in 2004. Ivan was born and raised in former socialist Yugoslavia, his family immigrated to the U.S. in 1984 when he was 14 years old. He has worked with many economic policy organizations through the years, among them the Foundation for Economic Education, The Independent Institute, Cato Institute, Mercatus Center, Young America’s Foundation, and the Liberty Fund. His book Employees and Entrepreneurship was published in 2009 by Edward Elgar Publishing.
Meet the Hosts
Actress Janine Turner is famous for her role as Maggie O’Connell in televisions’ Northern Exposure. She has worked with Constituting America since it launched in 2010. She is still acting but is also actively teaching kids about the U.S. Constitution. Janine has given over 540 speeches to classrooms across the country.
Cathy Gillespie is the co-president of Constituting America and one of 16 private citizens serving on the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, helping organize the celebration of our country’s 250th birthday in 2026! She is a former Congressional Chief of Staff and former Commissioner of the White House Fellows Commission.
Tova Love Kaplan
Tova Love Kaplan is eighteen years old and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves as the National Youth Director for Constituting America, and runs the National Youth Advisory Council. She is a three-time winner of the “We the Future” contest and is passionate about educating and empowering young people to use their constitutional rights!
Jewel Gilbert is Executive Producer of Sing for America, a charity founded by him and his family. Sing for America reveals the Art of Truth and Light through live performance. He is the Operations Director for a new business venture, J. Barker Paving. Jewel holds a BA in Musical Performance/Dramatic
Jorne Gilbert is a recent graduate of Moravian University where he designed a major entitled Dramatic Production and Musical Performance. He used what he learned to further develop the charitable organization Sing For America which he co-founded to produce musicals portraying the art of Truth and Light. He is an avid rugby player and in his spare time flips houses with his uncle.