Episode 44

Student Debt, Ohio Primary, Teen Mental Health, China Lockdowns, Chappelle

Ravi starts the show off with a quick reminder of the newcomer to the Lost Debate Network, the Desi Crime Podcast, as well as the newsletter. The hosts then discuss J.D. Vance winning the GOP primary in Ohio, President Biden’s plan for student loan forgiveness, China’s COVID lockdowns and their economic impact, Cerebral halting Adderall prescriptions, and the mental health crisis we’re seeing in teens today.


Ravi reminds the audience about the Desi Crime Podcast and the newsletter.

The hosts discuss how J.D. Vance won the Republican primary in Ohio and what to expect from the upcoming general election.

Ravi and Rikki give the cases for and against President Biden forgiving student loan debt, closing with the political implications of taking that on.

Cory and Rikki go over the shocking on-stage attack on Dave Chappelle as Ravi argues it indicates an increasing breakdown in societal norms. 

Ravi breaks down the widespread COVID lockdowns pushing China into a growth recession and Cory and Rikki ask how a slowdown there could affect the global economy as a whole. 

Rikki updates us on Cerebral halting new Adderall prescriptions after journalists reported on malpractice within the company. 

Rikki closes the show by going over her research on the declining state of teen mental health and what’s driving a frightening crisis in America’s young adults.

Vance Wins Republican Senate Primary in Ohio After Nod From Trump (The New York Times, 05/03)
Donald Trump won Ohio for J.D. Vance. Can he score victories in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia? (USA Today, 05/04)
May: The month that will decide Trump’s kingmaker status (The Washington Post, 04/28)
The Radicalization of J.D. Vance (Washington Post Magazine, 01/04)
The First Post-Trump Republican Race (The New Yorker, 04/16)
Ohio Senate Race Pits Trump and Son Against Big G.O.P. Group (The New York Times, 04/26)
Trump’s J.D. Vance endorsement breeds more chaos in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary (NBC News, 04/23)
Biden pledged to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt. Here’s what he’s done so far (NPR, 12/07/2021)
Joe Biden Student Loans Tweet (Twitter, 03/22/2020)
Putting student loan forgiveness in perspective: How costly is it and who benefits? (Brookings, 02/12/2021)
Student Loan Debt Statistics (Education Data Initiative, 04/10)
10 Key Facts About Student Debt in the United States (Peter G. Peterson Foundation, 05/05/2021)
5 Reasons To Cancel Student Loans (Forbes, 02/23/2021)
Student Debt Forgiveness Options: Implications for Policy and Racial Equity (Roosevelt Institute, 08/2020)
Administrative Student Debt Relief (US Department of Education)
Student Debt and the Disregard for the Black Middle Class (Bloomberg, 03/05/2021)
Constrained after college: Student loans and early-career occupational choices (ScienceDirect, 02/2011)
Why Student Loans Should Not Get Cancelled (Forbes, 02/24/2021)
The cost of college increased by more than 25% in the last 10 years—here’s why (CNBC Make It, 12/13/2019)
Michael Stratford Biden Student Loans Tweet (Twitter, 02/16/2021)
Pelosi says Biden doesn’t have power to cancel student debt (CNBC, 07/28/2021)
Biden considering student-loan forgiveness of at least $10,000 per borrower through executive action: report (Business Insider, 04/30)
The Case Against Student Loan Forgiveness (Forbes, 11/17/2020)
Joe Biden’s Role in Creating the Student Debt Crisis Stretched Back to the 1970s (The Intercept, 01/07/2020)
Eric Swalwell Student Loan Forgiveness (Twitter, 04/28)
2022 Student Loan Debt Statistics: Average Student Loan Debt (Forbes Advisor, 04/05)
Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan: Breaking down the cost (Fox Business, 04/29)
The Distributional Effects of Student Loan Forgiveness (University of Chicago, 04/2021)
Young people want student debt relief. But not all want it totally canceled, poll finds (USA Today, 04/27)
Overwhelming support for some federal student loan forgiveness: poll (The Hill, 04/13)
Harvard Youth Poll (Harvard, 04/25)
Joe Rogan & Jonathan Haidt – Social Media is Giving Kids Anxiety (JRE Clips YouTube Channel, 01/07/2019)
Dave Chappelle Tackled, Slammed on Stage at Hollywood Bowl Attacker Pulls Gun On Comedian (TMZ, 05/04)
Dave Chappelle tackled during comedy show, police arrest man (AP News, 05/04)
Dave Chappelle Refuses to Let Onstage Attack “Overshadow” Hollywood Bowl Sets (The Hollywood Reporter, 05/04)
Beijing reopens a mass isolation center and tries to avoid a citywide lockdown (The New York Times, 05/02)
China silences prominent market analyst as economic slump deepens (CNN Business, 05/02)
China’s Q2 GDP data could be ‘grisly’ amid Covid lockdowns, says China Beige Book CEO (CNBC Television YouTube Channel, 04/26)
A Toxic Mix of Recession Risks Hangs Over the World Economy (The Economist, 04/09)
180 million people impacted by China’s Covid lockdowns. Here’s what you need to know (CNN, 04/29)
Western multinationals sound alarm over China’s Covid lockdowns (Financial Times, 05/01)
China’s Economy Appears to Be Stalling, Threatening to Drag Down Global Growth (The Wall Street Journal, 05/01)
China’s manufacturers remain key to global supply chain, producers ‘even more dependent’ on world’s factory (South China Morning Post, 04/29)
Don’t Count on China to Bail Out the Global Economy If There’s a New Recession (Barron’s, 05/02)
How China’s Economic Pain Could Help Avoid a Global Recession (Barron’s, 05/02)
180 million people impacted by China’s Covid lockdowns. Here’s what you need to know (CNN World, 04/29)
China: Coronavirus Pandemic Country Profile (Our World in Data, 05/04)
China’s Low Elderly Vaccination Rate Shows Key Vulnerability (Bloomberg, 03/18)
China Locks Down More Than 45 Million People as Covid Returns (Bloomberg, 03/14)
One jarring chart shows how China’s latest COVID lockdown could threaten the US economic recovery (Business Insider, 05/03)
Why China is central to global growth (World Economic Forum, 09/02/2016)
Explainer: How China Evergrande’s debt troubles pose a systemic risk (Reuters, 09/14/2021)
Startups Make It Easier to Get ADHD Drugs. That Made Some Workers Anxious. (The Wall Street Journal, 03/26)
ADHD Drugs Are Convenient To Get Online. Maybe Too Convenient (Bloomberg, 03/11)
ADHD Rates Are Higher Than Ever and on the Rise: What this Means for American Families (Birch Psychology, 01/15/2020)
Data and Statistics About ADHD (CDC, 09/23/2021)
ADHD numbers are rising, and scientists are trying to understand why (The Washington Post, 09/10/2018)
Cerebral’s Preferred Pharmacy Truepill Halts Adderall Prescriptions for All Customers (The Wall Street Journal, 05/02)
Ex-Cerebral VP Alleges Unethical Prescription Practices in Suit (Bloomberg Law, 04/27)
Mental-Health Startup Cerebral Tells Nurses to Stop New ADHD Prescriptions (Bloomberg, 03/04)
Cerebral’s Preferred Pharmacy Truepill Halts Adderall Prescriptions For All Customers (The Wall Street Journal, 05/02)
A Message from Kyle Robertson, CEO & Founder of Cerebral (Cerebral, 05/04)
Cerebral Announces Program Changes and Process Improvements to Preserve the Highest Level of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety (BusinessWire, 05/04)
‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens (The New York Times, 04/29)
For a Series on Mental Health, Subjects had Questions, Too (The New York Times, 04/23)
“It’s life or death”: Teen mental health in crisis (CNN Health)
Why American Teens Are So Sad (The Atlantic, 04/11)
What Happened to American Childhood? (The Atlantic, 05/2020)
American Trends Panel Wave 64 (Pew Research Center, 03/19-24, 2020)
Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation? (The Atlantic, 09/2017)
Mental Health, Suicidality, and Connectedness Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey, United States, January–June 2021 (CDC, 04/01)