Bob talks to Mary Willingham, a former academic advisor to athletes at the University of North Carolina, and UNC history professor Jay Smith about the continuing controversy around the university’s big-money sports program. Willingham says some of the football and basketball players at Carolina she tutored were reading between a 4th- and 8th-grade level, and that a handful were functionally illiterate. She said one of the Tar Heels’ basketball players she tutored couldn’t read at all. UNC officials have accused her of making this up, and they demoted her. She’s also received death threats from fans. Willingham and Prof. Smith are writing a book about the scandal and the university’s reaction.
Then, comedian/performance artist Mark Malkoff talks about going for a week without his smartphone. He had to find creative, low-tech substitutes for daily activities like texting, status updates on Facebook, and posting silly pictures of his cat on Instagram. Malkoff’s previous stunts have included racing a New York City bus on a kids’ big wheel, visiting all 171 Starbucks stores in Manhattan within 24 hours (and consuming something at each one), and living for a week in an IKEA while his apartment was being fumigated. [Broadcast Date: March 3, 2014]
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