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The Takeaway

Pay-for-Play: Should College Athletes Be Unionized?

Monday, February 03, 2014

A group of football players at Northwestern University are attempting to organize and join a labor union. It’s the latest move in the complicated relationship between the NCAA and its athletes, some of whom believe they should be payed and protected as workers. Joe Nocera, columnist for our partner The New York Times, says these student athletes should be able to form a union. Former NCAA athlete Ibrahim Abdul-Matin agrees. Ibrahim is a former linebacker at the University of Rhode Island and an NCAA scholar-athlete.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

College Competition and Student Loan Debt

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Laura Newland examines the hypercompetitive battle for internships and the economic pressures—student loans, the daunting cost of graduate degrees, high unemployment—at the nation’s elite universities. She argues that these economic pressures have fueled a Wall Street recruiting machine that is winning over the best and the brightest. In Chasing Zeroes: The Rise of Student Debt, the Fall of the College Ideal, and One Overachiever’s Misguided Pursuit of Success, she writes about her own experiences with college debt and the lure of finance, and looks at higher education and the tension between ambition and debt.

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The Takeaway

Who Really Gets to Do What They Love?

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's become popular to insist that the key to a successful career is to simply "follow your bliss" straight into a profession that you're truly passionate about. For most people, is it really practical to do what you love? And if it's not, why are we giving this advice to our young people? Miya Tokumitsu, holds a Ph.D in art history. Her recent essay in Jacobin magazine breaks down why being told to "do what you love" isn't necessarily sound advice.

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WNYC News

Word Up: Youth Fills in the Blanks as Crosswords Turn 100

Friday, December 20, 2013

Crosswords are a hundred years young as a new generation of constructors adds LOL and more.

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The Takeaway

Suffering in Silence: College Kids & Suicide

Friday, December 20, 2013

Nearly half of all college students have had suicidal thoughts. Donna and Phil Satow co-founded The Jed Foundation after they tragically loss their youngest son Jed to suicide during his sophomore year of college. Misha Kessler is a recent college graduate and can speak first hand to this struggle. Together they discuss their experiences with the distress that college students face and ways people can actively get involved.

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 2 (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

College tends to make people happier, healthier, and wealthier. But how?

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Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Goes to College, Part 1 (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What's a college degree really worth these days?

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The Takeaway

Study Abroad: A Rite of Passage or a Waste?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Is studying abroad a necessary experience or a waste of money? Mark Salisbury is one of the authors of the monograph "Renewing the Promise, Refining the Purpose: Study Abroad in a New Global Century." Curtis S. Chin, the United States ambassador to the Asian Development Bank from 2007 to 2010, is the managing director of RiverPeak Group, an advisory firm. They join The Takeaway to weigh the costs and benefits of study abroad programs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Joe Lhota; Lonegan v. Booker; Women in Leadership; Early Decision

Monday, October 07, 2013

Republican nominee for mayor of New York City Joe Lhota discusses his campaign. Plus: analysis of the weekend's debate between U.S. Senate candidates from New Jersey Steve Lonegan and Cory Booker; former candidate for Public Advocate and founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, discusses her new book on leadership; and a conversation about early college admission.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Top Words on Campus

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Merriam-Webster has noted that there's an increase in online searches for certain words at the start of the school year, and they've put together a list of "Top 10 Big Words on Campus". Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster editor at large who was recognized as one of TIME’s Best Twitter Feed’s of 2013, reviews the list of most searched-for terms by college students on Merriam-Webster's site.

Students: what was the last word that you looked up? Professors: which words do you commonly assign? Do they mostly learn toward cultural literacy? Are the words on this list typical? 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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The Takeaway

Obama's New Plan for Higher Education

Friday, August 23, 2013

The proposals call for a new college ratings system and would be a significant disruption to the current U.S. News ranking system, that while somewhat maligned is largely relied upon. Weighing in on the president's plan is Kathryn Dura, a rising senior at Binghamton High School and her father Dr. Paul Dura.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Alexandra Brodsky, writer for Feministing.com and organizer of Know Your IX, a legal education campaign against campus violence, talks about the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights' Title IX investigations into the treatment of sexual assault cases at colleges. 

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The Takeaway

Federal Data Shows More Americans Graduating From College

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bad economic times make for good students. What gets people to sit up and pay attention in class is knowing that unemployment is the most likely career path out there. That's the conclusion from new federal data showing that the number of Americans graduating from college has jumped in recent years with more students enrolling in school and more actually graduating. Claudia Goldin is a professor of economics at Harvard University. 

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The Takeaway

Listener Wisdom for the Class of 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

As college and universities around the country begin setting off recent graduates into the world of industry, the ritual turning of the tassel would not be complete without one final lecture, courtesy of Takeaway listeners.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: TMI for Parents on College Partying?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Parents of kids about to go to college or parents with kids already in college, how much do you want to know about their partying?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Your Gap Year Advice

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Yesterday was the deadline for high school seniors to reject or accept offers from colleges. For many, those offers were not for fall semester but for winter semester. So, if you took more than just a summer between high school and college, what's your advice for these students? Did you take a gap year? What did you do and what did you learn? Comment here or call 212-433-WNYC (9692).

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On Being

Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time [remix]

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us.

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On Being

[Unedited] Marie Howe and Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exit Interview: CUNY Chancellor Goldstein

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

After 14 years on the job, Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, is stepping down. He looks back at how the system has changed and grown, and what the future might hold for CUNY.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Social Life Has Overshadowed Academics At Many Colleges

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sociologists Laura Hamilton, of the University of California, Merced, and Elizabeth A. Armstrong, of the University of Michigan, co-authors of Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013) share the results of their five-year study of female undergraduates and their disheartening conclusion that college fails to provide social mobility.

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