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(2015/03/17) Crushing our potential with student debt (Education)

Edition #906

Today we take a look at the effects of student debt, the benefits of making college free and what beyond money is needed
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Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Appalling: America's Senior Citizens Are Drowning in Student Debt - @majorityfm - Air Date: 09-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: When I Grow Up - Ghost Town - Single

Ch. 4: Act 2: EPIC: Germany Abolishes College Tuition Fees - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 10-04-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Look To The Future - If It 'Ay Bost, Dow Fix It!

Ch. 6: Act 3: Refusing To Pay Back Student Debt: The Movement Grows - @RedactedTonight w/@LeeCamp - Air Date: 03-10-15

Ch. 7: Song 3: I Dream Of Feudalism - I Dream Of Feudalism

Ch. 8: Act 4: Obama's Free College Plan Could Cost $60 Billion, Provide Even Bigger Economic Boost - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-23-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: So Terrible It's Terrifying - Another Early Evening

Ch. 10: Act 5: Fox Reacts To Obama's Free Community College Plan - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date: 1-23-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Closer to Free - Go Slow Down

Ch. 12: Act 6: Is it enough to make community college free? - @DecodeDC - Air Date: 2-5-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: Hide Your Tears - Dexter (Soundtrack from the TV Series)

Ch. 14: Act 7: Student Aid Bill of Rights via @WhiteHouse — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: "This fickle world" - Theo Bard

Ch. 16: Act 8: Student Debt - @LastWeekTonight with @iamjohnoliver - Air Date: 09-07-14

Ch. 17: Final comments on David Pakman's supposed "Laugh Off" and the problematic comments of Joel Salatin

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone

Activism: Student Aid Bill of Rights via @WhiteHouse

Take Action: 

Add your name: Student Aid Bill of Rights

Let your reps know you support the plan through where you can call, email, and tweet at your representatives using the hashtag #CollegeOpportunity.

Additional Activism/Resources:

Reminder that the states have to agree to implement the president’s community college plan. Even though it would be at no cost to the states, we’ve seen republican (and even some democratic) and split state houses reject free federal money during this administration. Let your state and congressional representatives know you back a plan to make community college available to everyone who wants to attend.

Sources/further reading:

Press Release: “A Student Aid Bill of Rights”

“Your Weekly Address: A Student Aid Bill of Rights”

"5 Reasons Not to Get a Law Degree” via CBS News

"How The $1.2 Trillion College Debt Crisis Is Crippling Students, Parents And The Economy” by Chris Denhart at

"The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years”

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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