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 New “gainful employment” rules for colleges hope to crackdown on student debt, particularly at for-profit colleges. And new strains of marijuana may be doing more damage than previously known to the developing teenage brain: Madeleine talks to a reporter about new research. Two men find a glitch in poker slot machines and go on a jackpot binge. Also, it’s the hardest job in show business, we explore the high-pressure world of television show runners. And would you pay $125 dollars an hour for a man to massage your feet and feed you grapes? A new online San Francisco service hopes to indulge every woman’s dream with the ManServant.co.

Banner Image: One girl smokes marijuana while her friend watches during an outing in Cedar Woods near Leakey, Texas

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

Cracking Down on For-Profit Student Debt 8 MIN, 15 SEC

The Obama administration released new rules today in hopes of reining in runaway student debt. They’re called gainful employment rules. The idea is to crack down on college programs that make a lot of money through federal student loans but don’t do much to train students for the workforce. The rules will hit the for-profit college industry the hardest. But critics say the new regulations don’t go far enough.

Guests:
Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University

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For-profit programs face 'gainful employment' rule

Your Brain on New Potent Pot 8 MIN, 27 SEC

New research shows modern, more potent strains of marijuana may be especially bad for young recreational pot users: 16-25 year olds who smoke once or twice a week. Early studies show it can change the developing brain. Scientists are focused on conducting new research since pot has changed so much since the 1990s, when pot only contained 3 or 4 percent of THC, the chemical that gets you high. But now, some varieties can have up to 30 percent of THC. And new research is showing concentrated consumption can be hard on the developing brain.

Guests:
Abigail Sullivan Moore, contributor to the New York Times.

More:
This Is Your Brain on Drugs

How Hackers Exploited Video Poker Slots 8 MIN, 13 SEC

Slot machines used to live on the margins of the gambling industry. One arm bandits sitting in the corners of casinos being played by old ladies. Not anymore. These days, the slots have been modernized by video game technology, and they bring in as much as 85 percent of gambling profits. And of course, no one wins against the slots. You might get an occasional jackpot, but in the long run, the fix is in. That is until two guys happened upon the holy grail of slot machine addicts: a bug in the most popular video poker machine in the country. And they raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars before getting caught.

Guests:
Kevin Poulsen, Wired (@kpoulsen)

More:
Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich—Then Vegas Made Them Pay

Showrunners 14 MIN, 25 SEC

These days, some of the biggest names in television aren’t the actors and actresses on the screen, but the men and women behind the camera: Shonda Rhimes, Matthew Weiner, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, just to name a few. It would seem that the “golden age of television” has given rise to the celebrity showrunner. A new documentary looks at the changing role of the toughest job in television.

Guests:
Des Doyle, director, 'Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show' (@ShowrunnersFilm)
Hart Hanson, creator and executive producer, 'Bones' (@HartHanson)

Uber for Manservants 5 MIN, 50 SEC

Women don’t really think male strippers are sexy or appealing. What they really want are men who will feed them grapes, carry their umbrella, fill their champagne glass... ManServants.co offers men who will do your bidding for $125 an hour; and writer and actor Julieanne Smolinski went out on the town with a couple of man servants and wrote about it for medium.com

Guests:
Julieanne Smolinski, writer and actor (@BoobsRadley)

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Manservants

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