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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.

Best of 'Higher Ed': Pomp and Commencement

In this "Best of" Higher Ed episode, KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger reflect on what commencement means and discuss what most students actually take away from their college experiences.  It may not be exactly what you'd expect.

This is the time of year when graduates and their families and friends hear advice dispensed in commencement speeches on campuses around the country. In this episode, Ed offers his reflections on how he hopes the higher education experience will impact students. Ed and Jennifer also remember (sort of!) their own college graduations. And hear the solution to a puzzler on counting the number of honest people in a room. How can that be done? Click here to listen and find out.

This episode was recorded April 6, 2015.

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