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What Happens When We Make College “Free”?

May 1, 2019

There’s no such thing as a free lunch or, in this case, a free college education, despite the promises of certain presidential candidates. The federal government already guarantees student loans. But what would happen if we just forgave all that student debt? What would it take, politically speaking, and what would it cost? And what’s the value of a college education these days, anyway? Join Antony Davies and James Harrigan as they tackle the topic on this week’s episode of Words & Numbers.

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Chalk on tires violates Fourth Amendment

Phone surveillance

Foolishness of the week

Williams College is afraid of free speech

Tuition at Williams College

Tuition at University of Massachusetts

Topic of the week: Free stuff is too good to be true

Free college too good to be true

Constitutional concerns about a wealth tax

Wealth tax

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