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Higher Education Funding and the Future After Coal

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On this week's Front Porch podcast: Rick argues for increased state funding for higher education (naturally), while Scott attempts to channel his inner Laurie Lin by suggesting universities can do more with less by focusing on education, not amenities.

Also on the podcast, Scott and Rick talk about New York Times reporter Declan Walsh's recent visit to Mingo County, the effect Hillary Clinton's proposed policies would have on the coal industry, and whether or not any of the presidential candidates would actually be able to keep any of the promises they've made to the residents of West Virginia.

“The Front Porch” is a place where we tackle the tough issues facing West Virginia and Appalachia with some of the region's most interesting thinkers.

WVPB Executive Director Scott Finn serves as host and provocateur, joined by Laurie Lin, a conservative lawyer and columnist, and Rick Wilson, a liberal columnist and avid goat herder who works for the American Friends Service Committee .

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An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available above.

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