Another retirement boom, Wisconsin truancy bill, Prioritizing friendships

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People sit in an outdoor dining area of a restaurant in the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, in The Villages retirement community, Fla. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Photo

We learn why more and more people are retiring right now. Then, we discuss the affects of truancy on Wisconsin students. Later, we talk to the author of a new book about the social rules of friendships.

Featured in this Episode

  • U.S. seeing more retirements than expected

    The US now has around 2.7 million more retirees than predicted, thanks in part to positive financial market performance. We talk to a retirement and finance expert about the specific conditions that led to the recent ‘Great Retirement’ wave.

  • Causes and impacts of truancy and chronic absenteeism among students

    A bill in the Wisconsin legislature would hold students back a grade if they miss more than 30 days of unexcused absences in a school year. An educational policy professor joins us to look at the factors that lead to student truancy and the ways chronic absenteeism impacts learning.

  • How to put friendships more at the center of our lives

    There are a lot of unspoken rules about what friendships are supposed to look like. You don’t spend all your time with your friends. You’re not supposed to be obsessed with them. And you’re certainly not supposed to make an explicit commitment to spend your life with your friend. All of that is restricted to romantic partnerships. We talk to the author of a book who wanted to know why our culture discourages us from putting friendships at the center of our lives. 

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Kerry Hannon Guest
  • Sarah Lenhoff Guest
  • Rhaina Cohen Guest
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director

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