Giving Money, Saving Money And Dr. Laura's Exit

Dorm rooms across America are filling up.  Text books are flying off the shelves.

And millions of dollars in tuition fees are due.

On Thursday's program, a conversation with financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz about the ginormous amount of student loan debt owed by Americans. Kantrowitz has been studying the issue and will share some alarming figures.

We also have a conversation planned about the disastrous flooding in Pakistan, which is affecting millions of people in the country.  International aid organizations are asking for financial contributions.  But after the relatively recent earthquake in Haiti, which triggered a massive outpouring of donations, will people still feel inclined to open their checkbooks?

A conversation about donor fatigue. Stay tuned.

And don't miss our media roundtable about Dr. Laura Schlessinger's announcement that she is done with radio.  Just days after apologizing for using the N-word 11 times on air, Dr. Laura told CNN's Larry King on Tuesday she is leaving her national talk show at the end of the year.

"I want to be able to say what's on my mind and in my heart," Schlessinger explained, "and what I think is helpful and useful without somebody getting angry or some special-interest group deciding this is a time to silence a voice of dissent."

What do you make of Dr. Laura's big news?

See you in the comment thread.

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