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In their lively and entertaining weekly discussion of issues related to higher education, KUT’s Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger explore the topics of higher education, lifelong learning, and exercising the brain. Ed and Jennifer practice what they preach, too, by introducing math puzzlers and brain teasers to keep listeners on their toes.

Higher Ed: The Roles and Responsibilities of Higher Ed

What are the roles and responsibilities of higher education – if any – in resolving growing inequality in the U.S. and globally? That provocative question from a listener prompted KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger to explore the roles and responsibilities of higher education in general for this episode of KUT's podcast Higher Ed.

This week, Ed and Jennifer talk about the role of higher ed in training and preparing students to tackle all manner of tough issues nationally and around the world. Should higher ed teach what to think? Or how to think? Click herefor a deeper dive into that critically important question. On a lighter note, pass the mangoes; listen on to find out the solution to last episode's puzzler with ten friends, ten mangoes, and a mango to spare.

This episode was recorded on March 28, 2016.

For all of the Higher Ed episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on itunes here!

Jennifer Stayton is the local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" on KUT. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on X @jenstayton.