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25 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 09 May 2011

University of Risk

Americana examines the value of higher education in a debt laden nation. Education experts Claudia Dreifus and Peter Brooks debate the popularity of higher education in the US.

Self-Made Man

The pioneering spirit - that persevering, climb-to-the-top work ethic, is largely responsible for the nation's image of the "self-made man." Presenter Matt Frei talks to David Walker Howe about why pulling yourself up by your bootstraps continues to go in and out of fashion.

Barbara Carroll

Jazz pianist Barbara Carroll hasn't always enjoyed the fame and popularity she has today. She fought through the man's world of jazz to be heard and seen as a musician, and woman, of talent in her own right. She plays a few songs and shares her story with Americana.

A week for the history books

David Remnick reflects on the impact of the week's announcement that Osama Bin Laden was killed and what it means for future security and leadership of the United States.



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