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A Native of China Sees the Benefits of Free-Market Capitalism

A Native of China Sees the Benefits of Free-Market Capitalism

Ziyi Mai’s favorite economist is Milton Friedman. So when the native of Mainland China moved to...

Born Under Communism, Simon Bilo Now Teaches Others About Free Economies

Born Under Communism, Simon Bilo Now Teaches Others About Free Economies

“For the first six years of my life, I was under a communist regime.”...

Cathy Heath Wages Decade-Long Battle to Protect Property Rights

Cathy Heath Wages Decade-Long Battle to Protect Property Rights

Raising a flag on a hill — that’s the word picture Cathy Heath uses to describe her decade-long...

Dr. Charles Mann Helps Build a Life for the Uninsured

Dr. Charles Mann Helps Build a Life for the Uninsured

Walk into Dr. Charles Mann’s office and your attention is immediately drawn to the walls, covered...

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

Dr. Thomas Shea Uses His Career to Fight Cancer

In 2014, the John William Pope Foundation was honored to give $1.3 million to UNC Lineberger...

Guillermo Peña Panting Brings Freedom to the Murder Capital of the World

Guillermo Peña Panting Brings Freedom to the Murder Capital of the World

What would convince a talented, promising young man to forsake a life of ease in the United States...

Habitat for Humanity Fulfills a Dream for Barbara Gotay

Habitat for Humanity Fulfills a Dream for Barbara Gotay

Barbara Gotay’s face lights up when you ask her about homeownership. “That was my biggest dream,...

John Amanchukwu Strives to Offer a Vibrant Education Option

John Amanchukwu Strives to Offer a Vibrant Education Option

John Amanchukwu is the baby of his family — and also the biggest. At six feet, six inches tall and...

Juan Nelson Comes Full Circle to Help Others Find Jobs

Juan Nelson Comes Full Circle to Help Others Find Jobs

It took five businessmen at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, to set Juan Nelson on the path to...

Katherine Restrepo: Bringing a Fresh Perspective to Health Care Policy

Katherine Restrepo: Bringing a Fresh Perspective to Health Care Policy

At the Locke Foundation, Restrepo breaks down the complexities of health care so that lawmakers,...

Lynn Daniell Leaves Corporate America to Feed the Hungry

Lynn Daniell Leaves Corporate America to Feed the Hungry

Every popular super hero has an alter ego. Batman has Bruce Wayne. Superman has Clark Kent....

Terry Stoops: A 'You-Can't-Scare-Me' Education Reformer

Terry Stoops: A 'You-Can't-Scare-Me' Education Reformer

The odds have always been against Terry Stoops. As an advocate for expanding parental choice in...

Travis Fisher Seeks to 'Be Rather Than to Seem'

Travis Fisher Seeks to 'Be Rather Than to Seem'

Travis Fisher experienced a political epiphany as a junior in college: He wanted to become an...

Tricia Boyd Beats Drug Addiction on Path to Leadership

Tricia Boyd Beats Drug Addiction on Path to Leadership

Tricia Boyd had to hit rock bottom before she realized that political activism was one of her...

Troy Kickler Tells New Stories About N.C.'s Past

Troy Kickler Tells New Stories About N.C.'s Past

Many historians refer to the years between 1890 and 1950 —commonly known as the “Jim Crow era”...