How For-Profit Colleges are Increasing Inequality, a Former Editor-in-Chief of Paris Vogue, Merriam Webster's Big Comeback

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In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy DC activities in Washington.

Tressie McMillan Cotton, an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, joins us to discuss her book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. Joan Juliet Buck, novelist and former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue from 1994 to 2001, joins us to talk about her memoir The Price of Illusion. Author and New Yorker contributor Paul La Farge joins us to discuss his new novel The Night Ocean, inspired by the lives of writers H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov and William S. Burroughs. Ben Zimmer, language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, returns to discuss how dictionaries are making themselves relevant again through social media and other digital tools.