KQED's Forum
KQED's Forum
Dec 3, 2020
With Payments Soon to Resume, Demands Grow for Student Loan Cancellation
Play • 54 min

Federal student loan relief is set to expire at the end of the year, burdening many -- who are already struggling amid the pandemic -- with another monthly payment to consider. President-elect Biden has committed to cancelling $10,000 in student debt for all borrowers. Other Democratic leaders, such as Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, are calling for up to $50,000 in forgiveness. Critics say loan cancellation is regressive, since those with college degrees typically earn more, and that it doesn’t address the underlying issues with student debt. We’ll discuss what will happen if federal student loan relief expires, growing demands for student debt cancellation, and how student loans have burdened people of color particularly heavily.

RBC Thought Leadership, John Stackhouse
2021, Year of the Gamer: How Video Game Culture is Conquering Canada and the World
Did anyone in your household wake up to find a new video game, virtual reality headset, or console under the tree over the holidays? Do your kids spend hours on end online, watching their favourite gamers on Twitch, Tik-Tok, or YouTube? Is your business struggling to connect with young people, those elusive members of Gen-Z who don’t watch TV, listen to radio, or read newspapers? If your answer to any of those questions is ‘yes’, this podcast is definitely for you. On this episode of _Disruptors, _an RBC podcast, it’s ‘game on’, as host John Stackhouse dives into what are likely unfamiliar waters for most people over a certain age; the world of gaming, influencers, and esports. It’s projected to become a $300 billion dollar business over the next decade, and as John hears from his main guest, Adrian Montgomery, the CEO of Toronto’s Enthusiast Gaming, a staggering percentage of young people now consider it a key component of their very identities. Add it all up, and you’ll learn why gaming has become a critical conduit for reaching and engaging with that increasingly influential demographic in 2021, as Canada struggles to recover from the pandemic. John and Adrian will also hear from other organizations on the front lines of this disruption: Josh Marcus, the co-founder of Rumble Gaming and MKM Esports; Kevin Truong, the Head of Esports & Gaming at the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation; and Tawanda Masawi, the CEO & co-founder of GameSeta eSports. Over the course of the conversation, they touch on a surprisingly broad range of topics, including the U.S. Presidential Race, how esports could supplant traditional sports, and even Sidney Crosby’s golden goal for Team Canada at the 2010 Olympics. Notes: You can click the following links to learn more about the companies and organizations mentioned in this episode: Enthusiast Gaming, Rumble Gaming, GameSeta Esports, and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s Quest to Conquer Cancer. The latest numbers on video game spending in Canada can be found HERE. For further reading, we recommend Game On! A Look at the Economics of eSports, from RBC Direct Investing, and eSports: About To Go Mainstream, a previous _Disruptors_ piece from December of 2017.
37 min
Boston Public Radio Podcast
Boston Public Radio Podcast
WGBH Educational Foundation
BPR Full Show 1/19/21: Closing Thoughts
Today on Boston Public Radio: We first open lines to talk with listeners about your thoughts on the final day of President Donald Trump’s presidency. NBC Sports Boston reporter and anchor Trenni Kusnierek talks about Tom Brady's success beyond the Patriots, frustration with a lack of Black coaches in the NFL, and the scheduled appearance of Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play and score in a Power Five college football game, at Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Dr. Jon Santiago, a Mass. State Rep. and ER doctor at Boston Medical Center, provides an update on COVID-19 in Mass., from the local emergence of the new, more transmissible variant of the virus, to issues with vaccine rollout in the Commonwealth. He also responds to the question of whether he plans to run for city mayor. Chris Dempsey and Jim Aloisi offer their thoughts on the handful of vetos from Gov. Charlie Baker, of proposed elements within the Mass. Transportation Bond Bill. They also discuss the current state of the Transportation Climate Initiative. Aloisi is former Mass. transportation secretary, a member of the Transit Matters board, and contributor to Commonwealth Magazine. Dempsey is the Mass. Director of Transportation and former assistant secretary of transportation. Boston City Councilor and mayoral candidate Andrea Campbell talks about her campaign for city mayor, and whether the race is shifting with current Mayor Walsh leaving to become President-elect Biden’s labor secretary. She also reflects on how she’d handle the pandemic differently than Walsh, and speaks to debate within City Council around whether to skip a possible special mayoral election. CNN’s John King discusses the open question of whether Sen. Mitch McConnell will support impeaching President Trump in the Senate, and what he’s expecting from a forthcoming list of pardons by President Trump in his final hours in office. We end Monday’s show by opening lines, talking with listeners about hopes for political bipartisanship in 2021.
2 hr 44 min
POLITICO's Pulse Check
POLITICO's Pulse Check
Goodbye, Dan Diamond
After five years on the health beat — and at the helm of Pulse Check — Dan Diamond is leaving POLITICO. (But don't worry, you can still follow his reporting at The Washington Post!) Dan and Dispatch's Jeremy Siegel look back at some of Dan's biggest stories and trace the past few years of health policy to today's coronavirus response. But first, Dan gets a going away present. Stay up-to-date on the latest Covid-19 news by subscribing to the POLITICO Nightly and POLITICO Pulse newsletters. And subscribe to our other newsletter POLITICO Future Pulse, looking at where health care and technology intersect.  Dan Diamond is host of POLITICO Pulse Check and author of the POLITICO Pulse newsletter. Jeremy Siegel  is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Check out some of Dan Diamond's top POLITICO reporting:  - Trump team failed to follow NSC's pandemic playbook: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/25/trump-coronavirus-national-security-council-149285 - `We want them infected`: Trump appointee demanded `herd immunity` strategy, emails reveal: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/16/trump-appointee-demanded-herd-immunity-strategy-446408 - 'It's like every red flag': Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/09/25/trump-hhs-ads-coronavirus-421957 - How Trump warped HHS long before Covid-19: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/12/31/how-trump-warped-hhs-452964 - How we found Tom Price's private jets: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/04/how-we-found-tom-prices-private-jets-215680 - Trump challenges Native Americans' historical standing: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/22/trump-native-americans-historical-standing-492794 - How 100,000 Pacific Islanders got their health care back: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/01/marshall-islands-health-care-453215
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