Ivory Tower in the Red

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Colleges and universities are suffering as the credit crunch depletes student loans and the falling stock market shrinks endowments. What does this mean for life on campus? Plus, the dawning of the age of the atheist. And, today's the day the MTA fills in the details of their "draconian" budget cuts.

Empty MTA?

Pete Donohue, transit reporter for the New York Daily News checks in from the MTA news conference on possible major fare increases and service cuts.

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Aid for Detroit Stalled

Auto execs are on Capitol Hill this week trying to drum up support for a bailout package, but things are not looking good. Newsweek Midwest Bureau Chief Keith Naughton gives us the latest update.

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Con Game

Peter Coy, economics editor at Business Week, looks at the role of consumer confidence in driving the economy.

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This I Don't Believe

Atheism may be morphing from a personal issue to a political one. Annie Laurie Gaylor, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Ken Bronstein, President of New York City Atheists, take a look at the nonbeliever movement.

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University Blues

Michael Dannenberg, Senior Fellow in the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation and founder of the HigherEdWatch Blog ; and Catharine Bond Hill, president of Vassar College, talk about how institutions are handling the economic crisis.

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Dubai Gold Rush

Young Americans are fleeing to the Middle Eastern city state to escape the financial crisis. But signs are that even this thriving metropolis may face economic challenges. New York Magazine writer Daniel B. Smith explains.

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MTA: Less for More

New York Daily News transit reporter Pete Donohue again on the fare increase announcement at the MTA budget meeting. Plus, transit expert Robert "Buzz" Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College, on the broader implications for transit workers and riders.

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