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The cuts likely to be enacted by Congress on Friday amount to about one percent of this year's federal budget.  But one percent of $3.8 trillion is still a lot of money and, when it comes to people who depend on the federal safety net, it doesn't take big reductions to cause a lot of pain. We hear about service reductions in healthcare, housing, legal services and environmental protection. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, how much does college matter?

Banner image: Training for fire fighters is one of the many programs threatened by federal budget cuts. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Main Topic The Impact of Federal Budget Cuts on California 25 MIN, 49 SEC

The federal budget bill that still awaits final approval on Friday is 459 pages long, and nowhere does the word "California" appear, but this state accounts for about 10 percent of federal spending. Federal cuts will hit hardest at the people who depend the most on public support. We hear from housing, health, environmental  and legal advocates.

Guests:
Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers (@MichaelDoyle10)
Sharon Rapport, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Abbe Land, Saban Free Clinic
Hernan Vera, Public Counsel
Scott Slesinger, Natural Resources Defense Council

Main Topic How Much Does College Matter? 26 MIN, 15 SEC

Who's Applying to Harvard and Who's Getting in?It's that time of year when high-school seniors and their parents are biting their fingernails over college admissions. Seventy percent have probably been accepted to some four-year institution. The question now is where to go. We look at the past 10 years of increases in applications to the elite, most exclusive schools, and the multi-billion-dollar college-admissions industry, financed by parents' hopes for their children.

Guests:
Jacques Steinberg, New York Times
Andrew Ferguson, 'Crazy U'
Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University

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