The Doctoral Degree Paper Chase

Pensive PhD Candidates Brave the Academic Gauntlet

A wall of stacked PhD dissertations await the critical eye of UCLA professors.

A wall of stacked PhD dissertations await the critical eye of UCLA professors. Jacob S. Dorman for 'Day to Day' hide caption

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Radio producer Jake Dorman takes listeners along through the academic maze faced by students about to complete their doctoral degrees — including an encounter with the mythic "Margin Lady."

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