In this episode, Stephen Dubner breaks down the costs and benefits of going to college, especially during an economy that's leaving a lot of people un- and underemployed. The data say that college graduates make a lot more money in the long run and enjoy a host of other benefits as well. But does that justify the time and money? We'll hear from economists David Card, Betsey Stevenson, and Justin Wolfers, as well as former Bush advisor Karl Rove, who made it to the White House without a college degree.
The first part of this episode, Stephen Dubner looks at this and other examples of weird recycling. We hear the story of MedWish, a Cleveland non-profit that sends unused or outdated hospital equipment – from gauze and tongue depressors to beds and x-ray machines – to hospitals in poor countries. We also hear Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold describe a new nuclear-power reactor that runs on radioactive waste. Also in this hour: we look at the strange moments when knowledge is not power.
NHPR will have special live coverage of tomorrow's state primary beginning at 8 pm and lasting throughout the evening. Laura Knoy of The Exchange will host the live broadcast, and we'll hear from NHPR reporters and analysts at the camps of gubernatorial candidates, Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan, Ovide Lamontagne, and Kevin Smith.
Check back here at nhpr.org and follow @nhpr on twitter for the latest primary results, news, and photos.
The Democratic National Convention stage at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday September 1, 2012. The convention will be held from September 3-6, 2012. (Photo by Jared Soares for PBS NewsHour)
Campaign season is in full swing. You know it by the TV ads and campaign signs … and by the return of PolitiFact’s Truth-O-Meter. PolitiFact New Hampshire is a partnership of The Telegraph in Nashua and the national PolitiFact.com., a project of the Tampa Bay Times. The goal is to help you find the truth in politics. They research candidates’ statements and then rate their accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter.
And every week on Morning Edition, we’ll check in with the Telegraph’s managing editor for content, Jonathan Van Fleet about the most recent rulings.
We'll air live NPR coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention tonight through Thursday from 8 - 11 pm. Listen on NHPR and NHPR.org for a live broadcast. Updates and conversation will appear below.
For more information about tonight's live coverage, visit NPR.org
Please join us for a conversation, and an opportunity to meet, NHPR’s President and CEO Betsy Gardella, North Country reporter Chris Jensen, and host of The Exchange, Laura Knoy. We look forward to sharing an evening with you to discuss our continued coverage of the Littleton region.
Event: Friday Sept. 14, 5:30 - 7:30 at the Littleton Community Center. This is a free event.