FROM Tamar Lewin
Online Learning: Past, Present and Future Two years ago at Stanford, a Massive Open Online Course attracted 160,000 students. MOOC's looked like the future of higher educatio n. The Internet would make college available to millions now going without it. Traditional college professors began to fear for their jobs. New research shows that MOOC's have not lived up to their promise, with very few students completing their courses. But, with millions invested, online learning is not going away. We hear how it's changing.
President Obama Announces Executive Action on Student Loans With the President's jobs bill dead in the Senate, he's been telling audiences about smaller measures he can take on his own. Today, at the University of Colorado's campus in Denver, it was a new program to lower payments on student loans . This, he said, would give students increased economic certainty while giving our economy a must-needed boost. Tamar Lewin is higher education reporter for the New York Times .
Disney Offers Refunds to Parents of Non-Geniuses George W. Bush praised Julie Aigner-Clark for creating Baby Einstein , the supposedly "educational" DVD's for children aged zero to 2. In 2003, a study revealed that one-third of all American babies between 6 months and two years of age had at least one of the videos. Babies reportedly are transfixed, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for these infants, and now the Walt Disney Company is offering refunds to parents whose kids failed to become geniuses after all. Tamar Lewin reports on education for the New York Times .
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?