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The United States Of Debt

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*This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To learn more, visit Slate.com/debt.* How did we come to owe so much money? And what can we do about it? The United States of Debt takes an in-depth look at the reality of debt in America and follows the stories of seven diverse people who have been affected by debt. It’s a boldly reported series of conversations with leading experts and Americans all over the country, hosted by Slate’s personal finance columnist Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. What’s it like to empty out your 401(k) to help a family member? How does a first-generation college student navigate student loans at a for-profit school? What works—and what doesn’t—for people struggling to get out of debt? Find out in the United States of Debt. These episodes and preview of the Academy are free to all as a sample. To join this Slate Academy, listen to other episodes, chat in our private Facebook group, and read supplementary materials, visit Slate.com/debt.

*This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To learn more, visit Slate.com/debt.* How did we come to owe so much money? And what can we do about it? The United States of Debt takes an in-depth look at the reality of debt in America and follows the stories of seven diverse people who have been affected by debt. It’s a boldly reported series of conversations with leading experts and Americans all over the country, hosted by Slate’s personal finance columnist Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. What’s it like to empty out your 401(k) to help a family member? How does a first-generation college student navigate student loans at a for-profit school? What works—and what doesn’t—for people struggling to get out of debt? Find out in the United States of Debt. These episodes and preview of the Academy are free to all as a sample. To join this Slate Academy, listen to other episodes, chat in our private Facebook group, and read supplementary materials, visit Slate.com/debt.
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*This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To learn more, visit Slate.com/debt.* How did we come to owe so much money? And what can we do about it? The United States of Debt takes an in-depth look at the reality of debt in America and follows the stories of seven diverse people who have been affected by debt. It’s a boldly reported series of conversations with leading experts and Americans all over the country, hosted by Slate’s personal finance columnist Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. What’s it like to empty out your 401(k) to help a family member? How does a first-generation college student navigate student loans at a for-profit school? What works—and what doesn’t—for people struggling to get out of debt? Find out in the United States of Debt. These episodes and preview of the Academy are free to all as a sample. To join this Slate Academy, listen to other episodes, chat in our private Facebook group, and read supplementary materials, visit Slate.com/debt.

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Episodes

The United States of Debt | Ep. 6 | What Now?

12/13/2016
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This is a FREE preview of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To get access to the full episode and more, visit Slate.com/debt. Over the five episodes of our series, we’ve discussed why it’s so hard for Americans to escape debt. In the sixth and last episode of United States of Debt, a Slate Academy, Helaine explains where we go from here. How could the Trump administration potentially affect people struggling with student loans, credit card debt, medical bills, and underwater...

Duration:00:01:25

The United States of Debt | Ep. 5 | The Collapse Of the American Dream

11/10/2016
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This is a FREE preview of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To get access to the full episode and more, visit Slate.com/debt. In the wake of the housing crash and foreclosure crisis, millions of Americans lost their homes. Today, many people are still wrestling with the fallout of the crisis, with their credit all but destroyed. In Episode 5, Helaine explores the depth of America’s housing crisis. Why did so many people lose their homes to foreclosure? Who was responsible for the...

Duration:00:06:56

The United States of Debt | Ep. 4 | Drowning In Medical Debt

8/11/2016
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Your health may be your most valuable asset, but for many Americans, it comes at a huge cost. Medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in the United States. In episode 4, host Helaine Olen dives into the pile of bills surrounding America’s healthcare system. Why is going to the doctor such an expensive proposition for so many people? Has the Affordable Care Act changed any of that? And is there a realistic way to avoid surprise medical bills? Lastly - learn why even health...

Duration:00:36:01

The United States of Debt | Ep. 3 | The High Cost of Student Loans

7/12/2016
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This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To get access to the full episode and more, visit Slate.com/debt. Today, Americans owe about 1.3 trillion dollars in student loans. But how does the impact of those student loans affect our economy? In episode 3, host Helaine Olen takes on America’s student loan crisis. Just how many of us are really burdened by the cost of pursuing a higher education, and is there a way out? Are student loans more common now, and why?...

Duration:00:09:34

The United States of Debt | Ep. 2 | The Trouble With Credit Cards

5/19/2016
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This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To get access to the full episode and more, visit Slate.com/debt. Whether you’re struggling to get by on $30,000 a year or living off of a comfortable six-figure income, credit cards have become an inevitable part of American life. In this second episode of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy, host Helaine Olen explores why so many of us run up more charges than we can easily pay off. What factors have allowed...

Duration:00:06:06

The United States of Debt | Ep. 1 | Why Do We Borrow So Much?

5/2/2016
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This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. To learn more, visit Slate.com/debt. Credit card debt is on the rise, student loan debt is at record levels, and millions of Americans continue to experience difficulty with housing and medical bills. In this first episode of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy, host Helaine Olen begins to explore the state of debt in America. How much debt do we have, and what historical and cultural factors have influenced the...

Duration:00:14:10

The United States of Debt | Ep. 0 | Introduction

5/2/2016
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This is a FREE preview of The United States of Debt, a Slate Academy. In this series, Slate columnist Helaine Olen will take an in-depth look at the realities of debt in America and explore why debt has become a shadow in so many lives—no matter how well things are going in the greater economy. Listen to this introductory episode to find out more. To learn more and access all features of the academy, visit Slate.com/debt. This episode included music by Kai Engel and Chris Zabriskie.

Duration:00:03:07