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Today, President Obama speaks at LA Trade Tech; but how are California community colleges doing? And with the cost of higher education going up so fast, what can be  done about skyrocketing student debt? Comic Con is underway in San Diego, and the nerds are making their annual pilgrimage. The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos takes a closer look at Joe Biden, the Obama administration’s gaffe-prone foreign policy expert. And, finally, the Dodgers head to San Francisco this weekend, adding another chapter in one of sport’s longest running rivalries.

banner image: Joe Biden and Barack Obama photo credit: Dschwen

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

Future of Community Colleges 7 MIN, 53 SEC

President Obama is scheduled to speak at a Los Angeles community college this afternoon to promote alternatives to four-year schools. California enrolls a quarter of the country’s community college students, yet we lag behind other states in arming those students with the degrees employers are looking for.

Guests:
Nancy Shulock, Director, Cal State Sacramento's Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy

Student Debt Crisis 6 MIN, 52 SEC

With the cost of a college education going up so fast, students are graduating with more and more debt, and a growing number of them are defaulting on that debt. That’s bad for their future finances, and it could have a huge impact on the U.S. economy.

Guests:
Barmak Nassirian, independent policy analyst

Comic Con Blues 6 MIN, 24 SEC

The San Diego Comic Con is underway! That’s great news for many geeks making their annual pilgrimage. But to other veteran comic fans, the event has given-in to crass commercialism.

image: Comic Con 2014 by Pat Loika

Guests:
Devin Faraci, Badass Digest (@devincf)

The Biden Agenda 15 MIN, 40 SEC

Joe Biden has had to balance his reputation as a gaffe machine with his tasked mission of constructing the administration's foreign policy footprint, especially in reignited hotspots in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Guests:
Evan Osnos, New Yorker magazine (@eosnos)

More:
The Biden Agenda

The Rivalry 8 MIN, 1 SEC

The Dodgers are headed to San Francisco this weekend for the third of four series they’ll play this season against their arch enemies the Giants. Their rivalry is one of the most heated in all of American sport. It may also be the longest.

Photo: Hans Lobert of the New York Giants and Joe Schultz, Sr. of the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1915 Library of Congress Prints.

Guests:
Mike Schlitt, LA-based writer and performer (@schlitthappenz)

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