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The Battle Over Student Loan Rates

Interest rates on government-subsidized student loans are set to double on July 1st unless Congress steps in. President Obama urged lawmakers to freeze rates at their current 3.4 percent. The president says this would help low- and moderate-income students save thousands of dollars in interest. The House passed a bill that ties rates to Treasury notes. Critics argue that the House bill does not differ significantly from the president's long-term proposal. Republicans accused the White House of using its push on student loan rates to deflect attention from current political controversies. A discussion of the proposals and what each would mean for students, families and the cost of a college education.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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