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Thurs., 3/22/12
The Crush of Student Loan Debt

The Crush of Student Loan Debt

Student LoansStudent loan debt topped $1 trillion late last year, according to new data released yesterday. This is almost 16 percent higher than earlier estimates. Time is running out for lawmakers to come up with a way to keep student loan rates from going up. If Congress doesn't act by June 30, interest rates on some student loans will double.
Millions of Americans are being crushed by student loan debt; debt that cannot be forgiven in bankruptcy, debt that can get in the way of buying a home, debt that could have some newly-minted graduates wondering if it was worth it. We’ll look at the costly consequences of taking on student loans and explore if there are ways to avert them.

We want to hear from you: Is your student loan debt preventing you from buying a home? From starting a family? Do you feel your college degree is worth the debt? Do you have a child who's heading to college in the near future? How will you pay for it? Tweet us or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

GUESTS
  Laurence Kotlikoff, economics professor at Boston University
  Lynn O'Shaughnessey, writer at TheCollegeSolution.com and the author of The College Solution
  Zac Bissonnette, author of Debt Free U
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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