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Should Student Debt Be Canceled?

Diving into one solution to many problems.


Episode Notes

Democrats are divided over student debt forgiveness. President Joe Biden is trying to get $10,000 per borrower canceled, while more progressive members of the party want $50,000 wiped out. So whom would these proposals help? And what can be done to keep the student debt crisis from happening all over again?

Guest: Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.