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Sara Goldrick-Rab on The Daily Show and NPR’s Marketplace



Sara Goldrick-Rab really made a mark on the past two weeks. She started off on September 27th with a sit-down interview at The Daily Show with host Trevor Noah about the arguments central to her book Paying the Pricethat a combination of escalating college costs and neoliberal higher education policies have made the dream of a college education all but out of reach for most Americans—which ended in Noah exclaiming, “Honestly one of the most exciting books I’ve read, because as I’ve said you’ve got solutions. It’s a manual that I’d recommend to anyone out there, if you’re a parent, if you’re a teacher, if you’re a student.” See video of their interview below (if there’s a glitch, head here to watch in full):

Goldrick-Rab followed up by headlining a segment on NPR’s Marketplace, in collaboration with PBS’s Frontline and NewsHour, entitled “When Going to College Becomes a Financial Risk.” The radio story is part of a larger series on the American economy,“How the Deck Is Stacked,” and goes on to chronicle the lives of some forty-two million Americans burdened by student loan debt, just one segment of citizens in economic crisis. Initially concentrating on debt accrued from a proliferation of for-profit institutions, “When Going to College Becomes a Financial Risk” expands on the stakes for students across the board, turning to Goldrick-Rab for context:

But in the last 15 years, loans have become a bigger issue for traditional schools, too. Part of the reason is that the cost of attending a public university has gone up by 54 percent since 2000.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor at Temple University who studies the price of higher education, said “the major thing driving that increase is that states used to fund public higher education. They withdrew some of their support and in doing so, somebody has to pick up that tab and they basically decided that the people going to college and their families should pay for that.”

You can listen to the piece in full below:

And, as ever, to read more about Paying the Price, click here.