This Week

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Podcasts every Thursday. Broadcasts from CiTR 101.9, CJSF 90.1, and Roundhouse 98.3.

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#20: Trump University & The Rise of ‘Diploma Mills’

The fastest and most significant shift in American higher education over the past two decades has been the emergence of for-profit colleges and universities. Historian A.J. Angulo tells Sam the sordid history of these ‘diploma mills’ and how they’ve targeted low-income students, while reaping in federal dollars.  Read More

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#19: The Feminist Economist

Economist Myra Strober speaks to Sam about her powerful memoir on fighting sexism in the workplace, in academia, and at home. Good News/Bad News on Canada’s educational outcomes, UBC’s Board, for-profit colleges, and Palestinian/Israeli campus advocacy.

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Episode #18: Breaking Down the Budget

The federal government just released its 2016 budget. What does it mean for post-secondary education? We break it down with wonk king of Canadian education, Alex Usher. Good/news bad on sexual assault policy in BC, arbitration & community college, cancer research, and the bizarre new frontier of campus Israeli advocacy. Plus, Gordon goes off on campus politics.  Read More

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Episode #17: Charter King

 This week’s Good News/Bad News: the #FakeTenure controversy in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin; new $$$ for Canadian researchers; a sting (!) on unrigorous education conferences…

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Episode #16: How ‘Genius’ Holds Back Female Academics

This week’s Good News/Bad News: British Prep schools; Bob Dylan’s secret archive; charter schools; and, can you sue your school if you don’t get a job? Our research of the week is on psychology’s ‘reproducibility crisis,’ and our feature interview is about how cultural representations of brilliance (e.g. Sherlock Holmes, etc) usually leave out women. Happy International Women’s Day.

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Episode #15: March Madness Edition

Trigger warning: this episode includes distasteful gun puns.

Good News/Bad News: Something like free tuition in Ontario; what TrumpU can do for you; and advice from the ancients about how to drink (and not drink) on BC campuses.  Research of the week is about high school teachers who struggle to teach a new kind of interpretative history. The feature interview is with Howard P. Chudacoff, on March Madness!

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Episode #14: Academia, Inc.

This week’s good news/bad news: STEM v. Humanities, episode 2,420; student protests breaking out in India; exposing the colleges that are being bailed out, because they are too-big-to-fail; new ways to make your professors better teachers; and, finally, hug a corporation week. Plus, this week’s research compare climate scientists with high school teachers. Our feature interview is with Jamie Brownlee, author of Academia, Inc.

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Episode #13: The Precarious Professoriate

Good news/bad news: 1) You may have a new student job this summer, thanks to the Canadian federal government;  2) the latest from the scandal at Mount Saint Mary’s University; 3) the US Senate may actually have some legislation that will be good for low income students; 4) but the US House may have some legislation that will be bad for research; 5) Kanye weighs in on education policy–and he makes some good points! Plus, who will win the Republican nomination? That’s our research of the week.
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