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The Leonard Lopate Show

Getting a PhD in the Humanities Could Wreck Your Life

Monday, August 04, 2014

Grade inflation, weird professor-student relationships, the battle for tenure, and the use and abuse of adjunct professors. Is all this worth it to be a doctor of letters?

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WNYC News

Sen. Gillibrand Takes Aim at Sexual Assault on Campuses

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WNYC

New legislation continues Sen. Kristen Gillibrand's efforts to fight sexual violence against women.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

House Rules for Returning College Students

Monday, July 28, 2014

With college students home for the summer, have "house rules" changed in recognition of the new status? Have the rules set up in May held through July? Parents and college students, call in on the new rules at 212-433-WNYC (212-433-9692).

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The Takeaway

Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Judging from recent machinations in Congress, it's easier to protect for-profit colleges who are generous with their campaign donations than it is to protect this nation's veterans from being preyed upon by schools anxious to get their hands on G.I. Bill education benefits.

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The Takeaway

Report: G.I. Bill is Failing Veterans

Monday, June 30, 2014

A new investigation from the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the G.I. Bill is supporting for-profit colleges that spend lavishly on marketing, but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects.

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The Takeaway

Starbucks Offers Free College Education to Workers

Monday, June 16, 2014

Is the ultimate job perk a college education? Starbucks has announced that it will provide a free online college education to thousands of its workers, without requiring that they remain with the company.

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The Takeaway

N.C.A.A. Trial Takes on Future of College Athletics

Monday, June 09, 2014

The trial begins today in the case of Ed O’Bannon vs. the N.C.A.A., a legal dispute that may have longstanding implications for the lucrative world of division I college sports.

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The Takeaway

Proposal Looks to Ease the Burden of Student Debt

Monday, June 09, 2014

President Obama is issuing an executive order today ensuring that young people who take out federal loans have their loan payments capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes. 

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The College, Why Bother? Edition

Friday, May 30, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and special guest Jake Tapper of CNN. This week: Elliot Rodger sparks a national conversation about misogyny, American higher education is in crisis, and hard choices abound in Detroit.

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The Takeaway

The Curious Tradition of the West Point Goat

Thursday, May 29, 2014

All eyes were on President Obama at the West Point graduation ceremony Wednesday, drawing attention away from the graduating cadets. But one cadet was still singled out for a big cheer. We look at the West Point tradition of honoring the last-ranked graduate, dubbed “the goat.” 

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The Takeaway

Should College Material Come with a Trigger Warning?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The growing practice of requesting “trigger warnings” on college course material that might be disturbing to students has caused a great deal of controversy. Why are trigger warnings such a hot-button topic and how should we address them?

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In a 6-to-2 decision issued Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan state ban on affirmative action in public higher education. Kareem Crayton, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina Law School, explains the ramifications of this ruling.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Ukraine, You Saw, You Conquered Edition

Friday, April 18, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and Jamelle Bouie. This week: Will Dobson on Ukraine, race in America during the Obama presidency, and allegations of rape against Jameis Winston remain uninvestigated.

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The Takeaway

Should We Give Prisoners a College Education?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Research suggests that inmates who participated in prison college programs  are 43 percent less likely to return to a life of crime. But the idea of giving prisoners a college education remains unpopular.

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Schoolbook

Changing the Face of Astronomy

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

NPR

The City University of New York is helping students reach for the stars, literally. Hear more about a program that mentors minority students interested in Astronomy. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Brooklyn Guidance Counsellor on Getting Students Into College and Out of Poverty

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. He’s joined by two former students, Aicha Diallo and Nkese Rankine. Steckel tells their stories in his book Hold Fast to Dream: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty, about their challenges navigating the landscape of college in America.

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The Takeaway

The Hard Reality of the Cost of College

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It’s college admissions season and high school seniors are figuring out which schools they want to attend—and if they can afford to go to them. What students can do to improve their financial literacy and limit their debt.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Power of Fraternities

Monday, March 03, 2014

Fraternities on college campuses around the country are a driving factor in the rise of sexual assault. Yet, Caitlin Flanagan reports, the lack of regulation and the unsafe facilities under which fraternities function leave universities powerless to address problems.

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The Takeaway

The Dangerous Side of Fraternities

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Amidst all of the tragic headlines of initiation nights gone wrong, what does it mean to be part of a brotherhood in 2014? Caitlin Flanagan, contributing editor at The Atlantic Magazine, spent more than a year going through lawsuits filed due to accidents in frat houses. She says the problem goes far beyond our traditional perception of hazing. We also talk to Mic Wilson, executive director of the national organization of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, about the good side of brotherhood.

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The Takeaway

The Future of Secondary Education in America?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Chicago's Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy is working to prove that the old way maybe isn't always best. At Sarah E. Goode, students attend high school for six years, graduating with a high school diploma and an associate's degree. Rana Foroohar, assistant managing editor at Time Magazine reported on this story in a cover story for the latest edition of the magazine. Stan Litow, IBM vice president of corporate citizenship and one of the innovators behind the Sarah E. Goode school explains what his dreams for this model look like. 

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