The Free Markets Series is a 14-episode television series for the American and Canadian audiences produced by The World Show in partnership with the Montreal Economic Institute. It aired on the PBS network during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Each episode is almost 30 minutes in length and features some of the most dynamic and influential Canadian and American free-market thinkers and activists.
The World Show is a syndicated program seen throughout North America and the world. In 2012, it was telecast on PBS affiliates 20,722 times, over 249 stations, across 43 states and 129 markets, including nine of the top ten Nielsen DMA markets (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Washington and Atlanta). Over the years, it has also been seen throughout Canada on 11 different networks, and in over 60 other countries.
The Free Markets Series is an exceptional opportunity for viewers to be exposed for the first time or to increase their knowledge of free-market ideas, and to get to know some of the key individuals involved in that movement. Guests include among others Steve Forbes, John Allison and Michael Fairbanks. The series also features a re-run of a 1994 interview with Milton Friedman to celebrate his 100th anniversary.
This website offers the entire series to watch. It is also possible to comment on each of the episodes and share the content through social media.
The interviewer is TV personality Bob Scully, named the 2012 Person of the Year by American Public Television. Robert G. (“Bob”) Scully is a Canadian broadcaster, producer, and journalist. His working languages on screen are English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. He divides his time between Canada and the United States, and has worked on assignment in Argentina, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, and many other countries.
The Free Markets Series has been supported in part by the John Templeton Foundation.