The Failures of Elite Colleges, Opposites Attract, the Successes of Chinese Americans

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Yale University. William Deresiewicz argues that many students at elite schools don't think critically and creatively or have a sense of purpose.

Note: Today's Leonard Lopate Show in on tape. This is a rebroadcast of an episode that took place on September 17th, 2014. 

William Deresiewicz argues that the goal of college should be to help students think critically and creatively and find a sense of purpose in the world. He and explains why he thinks elite schools are failing at this. Lucinda Franks talks about her long opposites-attract marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau. James Ellroy discusses his novel Perfidia. Plus: Eric Liu on working out a personal sense of Chinese American identity.