#842 The education industry (Education)

Today we take a look at couple of ways smart job-creators have come up with to make people pay for portions of our education system that should either not exist or be free, thereby creating wealth for themselves and a few jobs to boot. They must have gone to college to be smart enough to come up with that plan.

Show Notes

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

Ch. 2: Act 1: The war on common core - @allinwithchris Hayes - Air Date: 05-08-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: The Secret Agent: The Secret Agent Ending - Philip Glass: Glass Reflections

Ch. 4: Act 2: Republican: Common Core is a Plot to Turn Kids Gay! - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-20-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Shame - Emotionalism (Bonus Track Version)

Ch. 6: Act 3: This Test Is Not For Non-English Speakers - @radio_dispatch - Air Date 5-2-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Classroom - East Coast Teen Party - Volume 7

Ch. 8: Act 4: Students Now Indentured to the Banksters - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 05-24-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Free College - Pie in the Sky

Ch. 10: Act 5: Senator Warren Fights For Students, Knowing She'll Fail - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 05-10-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: We Are the Champions - Queen: Greatest Hits

Ch. 12: Act 6: Student Debt PayBack Cap via @WhiteHouse - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 13: Song 6: Activism - The Poet

Ch. 14: Act 7: Time for a Student Loan Debt Jubilee! - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 06-04-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Free Education (feat. Treez & Young DJ) - Unconditional

Ch. 16: Act 8: Graduating? The Class of 2014 is Screwed - @majorityfm - Air Date: 05-24-14


Ch. 21: Summer hours should be summer weeks - Dan in Sheffield Lake

Ch. 22: Don't read history, work on the future - Wade from Ft. Worth, TX

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 23: Final comment on the importance of synthesizing historical information to help create the future

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

Activism Update!

”Obama Announces New Executive Orders to Reduce Student Debt” via In the Capital


"How to Contact All the Senators Who Voted Against Student Debt Relief Legislation” via In the Capital

Find out how much the Congress cost you — then tweet it at them.

Track legislative efforts at Higher Ed Not Debt.

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"The 37 Senators Who Voted for Millionaires Over Students” via Campaign For America’s Future at Truthout


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-07-10 07:20:15 -0400
    as my wife is still (after 15 years) strapped with a sizable student loan, with a high interest rate and unfair terms, we advocate for the lowering of the rates and changes to the usury terms the banks have given themselves. Thanks for a great show.
  • commented 2014-07-09 12:09:33 -0400
    Quite a cynical Administration. So what is the Dept of Ed. really doing? Ah…who knows.

    “You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. We call on you to take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in.”
  • commented 2014-07-09 08:04:58 -0400
    - The federal government controls nearly all the student loan administration now.
    - The enlightened Educators are raising the tuition prices. No one is forcing them
    - The Federal Reserve enable ALL the debt because the Feds could not print the money to pass to the Feds to pay off the bad student debt if not for the power of the Fed
    - This appears to be a government created mess from top to bottom. Govt support tuition increases, lure the students in to debt, pass the law to ensure the debt cannot be discharged even in bankruptcy.
    - I agree . It is a plantation operation. The Feds make money, College administrators and tenured posse do very well in what turns out to be a diploma mill
    Note colleges price gouge