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Classes begin soon at California’s public universities, but there aren’t enough spots for every qualified student. At the same time, the 10 schools in the UC system have about a $13 billion endowment. Endowments have soared in the past few years as our economy has improved, but it’s not clear how much students are benefitting from this windfall.

Then, the Hugo Awards are announced Saturday: one of the highest accolades given every year for the best science fiction and fantasy writing. But tensions are running high, because a group calling themselves Sad Puppies has been accused of stuffing the Hugo Awards ballot box.

And move over superheroes - this summer was all about the secret agent movie. Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Spy, Kingsman and more in our weekly film round-up.

Finally, this weekend in Los Angeles, teams of hackers will compete to build the most hilarious, wittiest apps and hardware. It’s called Comedy Hack Day.

Banner Image: University of California, Los Angeles; Credit: NR Acampamentos

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Public University Funding in CA 8 MIN, 55 SEC

Classes begin soon at California’s public universities, but some students who were eligible to attend a UC and a State University may not be going. That’s because there are too few spots -- budget cuts during the Great Recession forced schools to accept more out of state and foreign students, who pay a lot more in tuition. But California now has a projected surplus of $2 billion this year. Will that money trickle down to public higher ed?

Guests:
Hans Johnson, Public Policy Institute of California (@PPICnotes)

UC Endowments 8 MIN, 8 SEC

The 10 schools in the UC system have about a $13 billion endowment. That sounds like a lot, but consider the $20 billion that Yale has, or Harvard’s $32 billion. School endowments have soared in the past few years as our economy has improved. But it’s not clear how much students are benefitting from this windfall.

Guests:
Victor Fleischer, University of San Diego (@vicfleischer)

More:
Stop Universities From Hoarding Money

Hugo Awards Controversy 7 MIN, 7 SEC

Right now, the world’s literary nerds are gathered in Spokane, Washington for the World Science Fiction Convention, or WorldCon. Tomorrow the Hugo Awards are announced—one of the highest accolades given every year for the best science fiction and fantasy writing. But the tensions are running high in the SciFi/fantasy realm. That’s because a group calling themselves Sad Puppies has been accused of stuffing the Hugo Awards ballot box.

Guests:
Charlie Jane Anders, io9 (@charliejane)

Film Roundup: Secret Agent Men 10 MIN, 34 SEC

Move over superheroes - this summer was all about the secret agent movie. Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Spy, Kingsman and more.

Guests:
Miri Jedeikin, Movies with Miri (@mirithejedi)
Kristian Harloff, Schmoes Know (@KristianHarloff)

More:
Movies with Miri
Collider: Movie News

Comedy Hack Day 10 MIN, 58 SEC

This weekend in Los Angeles, teams of hackers will compete to build the most hilarious, wittiest apps and hardware. Practicality is not necessarily required -- though it helps. Amusement is essential. It’s called Comedy Hack Day.

Guests:
Baratunde Thurston, Cultivated Wit / About Race (@baratunde)

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