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Published on: August 18, 2014
Episode 28: The Collapse of Higher Ed and a Canadian Solution to What Ails America

Good evening, listeners! This week’s episode features two insightful contributors to the recent edition of the magazine.

First, Diane Francis, distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management and editor-at-large of the National Post, speaks with Richard about the ways in which Canada might save the United States from legislative gridlock and brinkmanship. She points out that parliamentary models of governance are less affected by lobbying and corruption than the U.S. model, and argues that America’s two-party system aggravates political polarization.

Then, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Stuart Butler joins us to discuss the impending—and in many ways ongoing—sea change in higher education. He points to the internet as a direct existential threat to the current model of higher education (in his words, the “sage on a stage” method of imparting knowledge). He goes on to discuss the way in which the internet is reducing the underlying costs of higher education, not only as online learning replaces classroom learning, but also as online social networking replaces traditional, in-person meetings.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow our host Richard Aldous @RJAldous, Diane Francis @dianefrancis1, and Stuart Butler @stuartmbutler on Twitter.


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