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Student Loans 'Scam', Twitter ... Huh?, and the History of the Seattle P-I

Ross Reynolds
03/09/2009 at 1:00 p.m.

The History of the Seattle P–I

KUOW's Amy Radil recounts the 146–year history of the Seattle Post–Intelligencer. The daily newspaper is almost certain to stop publishing this month.

Student Loans "Scam"

Activist Alan Michael Collinge says student loans are a scam. In fact, he calls student loans the most uncompetitive and oppressive type of debt in American history. We'll hear his story, and we'd like to hear your experiences with college loans. Did you know what you were getting into?

Twitter ... Huh?

Twitter is a 140–character microblogging tool. What does that mean? What's the fuss over Twitter? Tell us how you use Twitter, or why you stopped using it.


Alan Michael Collinge is the founder of, a political action committee "working to convince Congress to restore standard consumer protections to student loans."

Kathy Gill is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington Department of Communication, where she studies the social Web.

Dr. Michael Huntsberger is assistant professor of Communication Studies at Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he studies digital communication and mass media ethics.

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