Policy and a Pint® is an event series co-sponsored by the Citizens League and 89.3 The Current that engages young people in important conversations about public policy in Minnesota and The United States.
As students graduate and the school year comes to a close, it's worth asking: what if most of our assumptions about "higher education" are wrong? Our notions of who needs higher education, what types of skills are needed, and how this learning should be provided are becoming outdated. In the midst of this unprecedented change, are students truly being prepared for what Minnesota needs in the future?
There's a growing threat that, if we fail to act, could profoundly affect our lives. Like many species, bees and other insect pollinators are facing environmental challenges -- the biggest of which is loss of native habitat -- that jeopardize their very existence.
We know Minnesota is changing fast. The jobs of the future will be different, and our workforce will be more diverse than ever. So how are Minnesota's schools making sure the students of today and tomorrow will be ready?
On a special Martin Luther King Day edition of Policy and a Pint, a conversation about race in Minnesota and in America at large where we've been, and where we're going. We've made progress since the civil rights struggles the 1960s, but where do we want to be in the 21st century?
If you're a reader of comments sections on websites, you know they can be places where all kinds of speech flies freely: balanced comments, nasty comments, and -- some would say -- irresponsible comments. We tout the Web as the great democratizer, but are comments sections curated op-ed spaces or totally open free-for-alls?
During this election season, you hear candidates talk a lot about "small business" -- and so for our Policy and a Pint, we thought we'd talk to some Twin Cities entrepreneurs about the rewards, and struggles, of striking out on your own in these tough economic times.
If we're to believe the wave of recent articles in magazines and newspapers, there's a new inter-generational conflict brewing. Hear the conversation among Steve Seel, economist Chris Farrell from MPR News and Diane Tran from the young professionals group Minnesota Rising and, of course,the audience at the event.
Student loan debt in the United States exceeds one trillion dollars; that's more than the total amount of credit card debt owed by all Americans. If you're like many college grads today -- still struggling to get ahead -- you might be wondering: what exactly did all that money I borrowed really get me? Was going to college... actually worth it?