Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on August 19, 2019
4:00 – Kresta Comments: The Truth about Woodstock
This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, an event the media has enshrined as a landmark moment in American culture and a triumph of “peace and love.” Was it? Al was there and he recounts what he experienced.
4:20 – Alienated America: Understanding the Americans Who Voted for Trump
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump proclaimed, “The American Dream is dead,” a message that resonated with disenfranchised voters across the country, especially in the Midwest. Tim Carney says that Trump is right, but the death of the American Dream is a social phenomenon, not an economic one. He joins us.
5:00 – Is College a Good Investment?
Student debt has become a major talking point in American politics. Among the Class of 2018, 69% of college students took out student loans, and they graduated with an average debt of $29,800, including both private and federal debt. Meanwhile, 14% of their parents took out an average of $35,600 in federal Parent PLUS loans. This has prompted some Democratic hopefuls to offer free Community College, or to cancel all student debt. As Universities face their own issues related to free speech and “safe spaces,” many students are wondering if it’s worth their time and money. Is it? We talk with Richard Vedder.