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A three year college degree is just one proposal to rethink the cost of college education. With the average graduate carrying $30 thousand in debt and middle class parents depleting their retirement funds to pay for higher education, has the time come for radical reform? Guest host Barbara Bogaev rethinks the cost of college.

Also, chaos ensues as trains filled with refugees are halted in Hungary. On today's Talking Point, in Denver legal marijuana is everywhere, but there's nowhere to smoke it. We look at the new fight over public consumption.

Photo: thisisbossi

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney
Evan George

Trains Filled with Refugees Are Halted in Hungary 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Today, authorities in Budapest, Hungary halted all international trains out of the capital after refugees and migrants rushed the cars. In recent days, more than two thousand were forced to camp out at the station; others were stranded on trains in route. They're among tens of thousands fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Afghanistan, trying to reach Germany and other Northern European countries. Anemona Hartocollis, who's following the story for the New York Times, is in Budapest watching this all unfold.

Guests:
Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times (@anemonanyc)

Affordable College: The New American Dream 33 MIN, 45 SEC

Dental Surgery. Divorce. Decapitation. There are few things that are as painful as paying for college. With average student debt at $30,000 and the cost of college growing by about three to four percent a year, presidential hopefuls and educators are churning out proposals to lower college costs and make borrowing less painful. Some are rethinking college altogether to make it cheaper, shorter and more accessible. There’s also the idea of a three-year degree or making graduates who earn more pay more. But do any of these ideas go far enough to bring college back within reach of middle class families?

Guests:
Libby Nelson, Vox (@libbyanelson)
Jennifer Wang, Young Invincibles (@JenniferCWang)
Paul Weinstein, Johns Hopkins University / Progressive Policy Institute (@PaulPublicMgmt)
Mark Kantrowitz, Edvisors (@mkant)

More:
Hillary Clinton on the economy, student debt
Marco Rubio on student loans
Nelson on working your way through college as a thing of the past
Young Invincibles on Millennial parents, poverty and rising costs of higher education
Young Invincibles on putting student debt into perspective
Weinstein on three-year degrees, cutting the cost of college
Edvisors on planning for college, getting and repaying student loans

Legal Weed Is Everywhere, but There's Nowhere to Smoke It 9 MIN, 36 SEC

Wanna toke in Denver? You better have a place to do it. Pot smokers living in one of the 23 states and the District of Columbia, where recreational or medical marijuana is legal, will tell you just how ironic this is. Marijuana is legal but smoking in public is not. With pot tourists lighting up in alleys and bathrooms in public parks the city is starting to consider whether pot should be allowed in venues like bars and clubs.


Photo: Cannabis Culture

Now advocates in Denver, traditionally at the forefront of the legal pot movement, are trying to get marijuana a toe in the door of a few 21-and-over public venues. But even that is contentious, as we hear from Ricardo Baca, the marijuana editor at the Denver Post, where he writes The Cannabist blog.

Guests:
Ricardo Baca, Denver Post (@bruvs)

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