- 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union
In December 1991 the world watched in amazement as the USSR collapsed. What has happened to Russia in the 20 years since? What is its future?11:00 a.m.
Nick Hayes: Professor of history. Holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Working on his next book, "Looking for Leningrad: My Russian Stories."
- Do too many kids go to college?
The conventional wisdom about college degrees is being challenged in light of ballooning student debt and the success of young start-up entrepreneurs without college degrees. NPR's Intelligence Squared U.S. invites four debaters to square off on the proposition that too many kids are pushed into attending college.12:00 p.m.
Henry Bienen: President Emeritus, Northwestern University
Charles Murray: Political scientist and co-author (with Richard J. Herrstein) of the book, "The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life."
Peter Thiel: PayPal co-founder and philanthropist. This year he launched the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, a two-year mentoring program that provides $100,000 in grants towards building the fellows' businesses in biotech, technology, finance, education and more.
Vivek Wadhwa: Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University and a Senior Research Associate for the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School.
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