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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: Curling Up With a Good ... Podcast?

It's a major milestone in our educational development: learning to read. Throughout school, we read books for classes and assignments and also just for fun. But what happens once we're out of school? Do we still enjoy curling up with a good book? In this episode of KUT's podcast "Higher Ed," KUT's Jennifer Stayton and Dr. Ed Burger explore our relationship with reading and books.

A story on NPR's All Things Considered last year profiled a 4-year-old girl who has already read 1,000 books (and probably more by now!). That got Ed and Jennifer thinking about all of our reading habits, and how we regard reading and books long after we're out of school. Ed may be the 'rithmetic guy, but click here for his discussion with Jennifer about all things reading. You'll also get the latest puzzler. No reading required - but bring some geometry and creativity.

This episode was recorded on Jan. 19, 2017.

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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.