Saturday, July 7, 2012

Interview with Host Michael Castner, Wall Street Journal's Dail Wrap


The Economic Hardship and Reporting Project provided me with a grant to write an in-depth article about suicide and its relationship to student loan debt. The piece was  published by the Huffington Post early last week. Thanks again to authors Barbara Ehrenreich and Gary Rivlin for being editors on this important project.

Also, listen to AEM's interview with Michael Caster, host of the Wall Street Journal's Daily Wrap.

Here's the link to the podcast - - the interview took place on July 5th (jump to the seventeen minute mark to listen).


Anonymous said...

Nice job again, Cryn!

It's really sad to think that some people are living just to service their debt.

I keep wondering... will there be reform for us? How much longer must we endure this? Am I going to end up on the street someday because I went to college? When are the "powers that be" going to get it through their heads that this is an emergency and if they don't do something to fix it, there will be little left for them to govern? If we're all "created equal" by our "creator," why is it that some people become "masters" and rule makers in this world, and the rest of us somehow end up "owing" our life's existence to them? What kind of a life is that? I don't advocate for suicide, but rational minds must admit that suicide almost seems a reasonable option in this scenario. When there's no way out - when the government itself is against the people on the issue, when one must work 3 jobs at a time (if those jobs can be found) for the next 30 years just to make loan payments for something that left them with empty promises, a decent quality of life is impossible. If one's life is not one's own, what is the point?

Thanks for what you do, Cryn.

Anonymous said...

I finished school 5 years ago and graduated with a BS in History. About 8 years ago I finally decided to make the big push to finish school, so I started borrowing money to do so. At that time my house was paid off and so was my truck so that re-enforced the thought that I would be ok (financially)in the future. Of course I was seeing and hearing the message that graduates will be able to find better paying jobs in the future. I also felt that this was a good investment for myself. Please understand that I'm not crying and whining about this...I'am a responsible person and have always paid my way through life. I'm a single person and have never had the luxury (as I see it)of living in a two income household. Now, I'am $65000.00 in debt ($30.000.00 in student loans plus I borrowed against the house too). Now, I'm 55 years old working a fulltime job make less than $30,000.00 a year plus working a part time job doing lawn work. My future looks grim to retirement in my future. I'm seeing a therapist and a psychologist for my mental health concerns. I have health insurance through my employer but of course co-pays continue to rise. I often think to this as good as it's ever gonna get for me? I'm so happy I listened to NPR radio today "" and realized their are many out there going through the same "stuff" I'am. Thank you Cryn for being there....hoping to hear from you someday.

Anonymous said...

I listened to The Story in the car today and heard the interview with Cryn. I couldn't get out of the car until it was over. I am glad and relieved to know someone is out there advocating to help solve this terrible situation. I am a 50 year old single mother who went to grad school at 45. It was an intensive 3 year program and I borrowed as much as I could to keep my (very modest) house and do my program. I now owe $144,000, plus my mortgage, and am earning $43,000. It seems hopeless, and of all the mistakes I've made in life, going back to school now seems like the biggest one. I am renting rooms out, in therapy to help me with my anxiety and depression, and trying to face the bald financial realities. I sympathize with the urge to leave the country or simply disappear. If I didn't have young children I don't know what "outs" I would be considering. I'm sending a contribution, and will follow developments. Bless you, and power to you!

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