Research On Raising The Age To Purchase Tobacco, Examining College Course Choice Overload, The Weight Of Americans Who Don’t Vote But Could

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Voting booths in Saukville
Voting booths on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, in the Village of Saukville Wis. Darren Hauck/AP Photo 

We learn about results from studies looking at the impact of raising the age to buy tobacco products. Then we look at colleges evaluating whether they’re offering too many courses to undergrads. And we discuss eligible voters who don’t cast ballots, and what might happen if they did.

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  • Are Too Many Choices In College Getting In The Way Of A Four-Year Degree?

    Some colleges have started examining whether too many course offerings are making it tougher for students to get their degree requirements in four years. We talk with a higher education reporter about how schools are stepping in to keep students on track.

  • Why People Don't Vote (And How Would Politics Change, If They Did)

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • Dona Wininsky Guest
  • Jon Marcus Guest
  • Philip Chen Guest