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New reports say many soldiers already suffered from mental health issues before they enter the army. The studies found that nearly a quarter had a common issue like depression or anxiety -- that’s twice as many as in the civilian population. We talk about how that could affect vets’ access to healthcare. Plus, author Kevin Roose takes us into the debauched parties and 100-hour workweeks that were a part of the 2008 young Wall Street scene. We also get a look at the TV pilot season, and we get a ground-level view of the Common Core curriculum that’s headed into our classrooms.

Banner Image: Army Secretary John McHugh, fields a question from a media member at a press conference on Sadowski Field outside the III Corps headquarters building at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 6, 2009, while Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey looks on. The secretary pledged the Army's unwavering support for the soldiers and families hit by a Nov. 5 attack by a lone gunman that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Martinez

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Military Mental Illness 16 MIN, 12 SEC

A new series of reports says many soldiers already suffered from mental health issues before they enter the army. The studies found that nearly a quarter had a common issue like depression or anxiety -- that’s twice as many as in the civilian population. We get the details of the report, and we hear from a vet who now works with soldiers once they come home.

Guests:
Matthew Nock, Harvard University
Jason Hansman, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (@jasonhansman)

Oscars Audience Blowout & TV Pilot Season 8 MIN, 45 SEC

It’s become an Academy Award tradition just as entrenched as the red carpet itself: Every year, we all tune in for the Oscars ceremony... and then we proceed to complain about the show. But no matter how much we tear apart the broadcast, we all tune in. This year’s Oscar ratings are through the roof. TV Guide’s Michael Schneider joins us to talk about that, and this year’s TV pilot season.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Young Money 15 MIN, 14 SEC

Even after Wall Street exploded in 2008, young people continued to join the ranks of firms like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase. Their experiences, from the debauched parties to 100-hour workweeks, are the subject of Kevin Roose’s new book, Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits.

Guests:
Kevin Roose, New York magazine (@kevinroose)

Young Money

Kevin Roose

Common Core 101 8 MIN, 28 SEC

The Common Core State Standards Initiative has stirred up a lot of controversy and confusion as it continues to roll out across the country. It’s supposed to establish nationwide standards for what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade. It also aims to encourage analytical thinking with more writing-based curriculums. But it’s up to states to figure out how to implement it. That’s leaving a lot of teachers and parents scratching their heads.

Guests:
Ellie Herman, LA School Report (@GatsbyInLA)

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