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Two lively debates and two brilliant songs.

A wonderfully vigorous debate about whether student loans should be forgiven as a matter of policy. Also in this episode: what it might mean that mortality rate for middle-aged white American males has spiked.
[Slate: Money] The Great Debate Edition Audio
http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/slate_money/2015/11/should_we_forgive_student_loan_debt.html

More philosophical, but just as thought-provoking, is this debate on whether the future looks brighter for humanity
[Munk Debates] Is the Best Yet to Come? Audio
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-best-is-yet-to-come-1.3331046

I love really smart close reading, and this includes fantastic exegeses of “Call Me Maybe” and “I Really Like You”
[Switched on Pop] Carly Rae Jepsen – I Really Like You Audio
http://www.switchedonpop.com/?p=264

…but my favorite music podcast takes such analysis and interweaves it with personal stories about the impact of the song. Have tissues handy.
[BBC Soul Music] Mr. Blue Sky Audio
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pttqp

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