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Rethinking the Student Debt Crisis

Friday, June 27, 2014

It’s hard to escape the prevailing media narrative that student loan debt is destroying an entire generation’s financial future. The New York Times' David Leonhardt reported on a new Brookings Institution study on education debt, in an article titled “The Reality of Student Debt is Different from the Cliches”an assertion that cuts against conventional wisdom. Bob speaks to David Leonhardt to get to the bottom of what his reporting reveals about the state of student loan debt.

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The Takeaway

Congress Goes to Recess With Unfinished Business

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The 113th Congress begins its summer recess tomorrow. It has a lot of unfinished business that it probably won’t manage to address before the recess starts. Congress can at least mark one item off the agenda. Yesterday, the House passed a student loan compromise. Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the new law, and what Congress didn't get done before its summer recess.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lautenberg Death; Bill Thompson; Israel's Deputy Defense Minister; Judge Kaye

Monday, June 03, 2013

In Washington, lawmakers are debating the rates for government subsidized student loans. Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Williamson discusses. Plus: Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson; Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon; the former chief judge of New York state Judith Kaye; and youth sports where everyone wins.

The Brian Lehrer Show

OWS and Student Loans

Monday, January 02, 2012

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

OWS and Student Loans

Thursday, December 01, 2011

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company Magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. Later in the segment, Robert Applebaum, founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com, talks about his efforts to forgive student loans - and why he thinks mass default is a bad idea.

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The Takeaway

Students Defaulting on Many Loans at For-Profit Colleges

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

As college students head back to campus, a new report says almost two thirds of student loans at for-profit colleges are not being repaid. The statistic calls into question some for-profit programs' ability to prepare graduates for finding jobs, and the Obama administration has proposed cutting off federal loans to the programs with the worst repayment rates. About two-thirds of students in the class of 2013 said that they were concerned about their ability to pay for college.

With default rates at such a high, we're asking you: How have student loans affected your life in ways you didn't expect?

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The Takeaway

Historically Black Colleges Tackle Student Loan Defaults

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Recent college students are defaulting on their student loans in growing numbers. If default rates get bad enough, it can threaten federal funding for their alma maters. But a group of historically black colleges in Texas may have found a way to slow the default problem by counseling students about their financial responsibilities.

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The Takeaway

First Take: Iraqi Elections, Student Loan Defaults, Conan Writer on Leno

Friday, February 26, 2010

POSTED: Friday at 3 p.m. Anna Sale on the Friday shift. 

We're following the breaking news reports today that New York Governor David Paterson is ending his reelection bid, and the news that handwriting will change on the Obamas' social calendar as Desiree Rogers resigns as White House Social Secretary. For our show on Monday, we're looking across the snowy horizon to see where the news next week will be.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Online Docs, Kobe, Listeners on Loans

Monday, December 21, 2009

  • Finance Takeout: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story tells us about a new program from the United Health Group that lets patients "visit" doctors online for about $45 a pop.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin previews the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. The Giants need to win this game in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. We also discuss Kobe Bryant, who has also been on an incredible scoring streak despite playing with a broken finger.
  • Listener Takeouts: Listeners called in and wrote us to share their student loan stories and also to share the stipulations they found lurking in their fine print.

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Takeouts: Citadel Bankruptcy, NFL, Listeners on Student Loans

Monday, December 21, 2009

  • Money Takeout: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story reports on the bankruptcy filing of Citadel Broadcasting Company - the third largest radio group in the country and the home of popular syndicated programs from Don Imus and Rush Limbaugh, among others.
  • Sports Takeout: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin recaps the weekend's NFL action, which leaves us with only one undefeated team in the league, a clearing playoff picture in the NFC but a murky one in the AFC.
  • Listener Responses: Listeners keep calling in with great stories (and great tragedies) that came in the fine print of their student loans.

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