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In this episode, Johnny talks about “Starving Artist’s Guide Mixtape Vol. 1,” an article on how to reduce student loan repayment, the free audiobook “A User’s Manual to the Human Experience” by Michael Dean, and an interview on teaching English as a second language with Nick Snopkowski. With music by DeVries, Ian Bryn, and Drive In Saturday, Ends with a special live performance.

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Starving Artists Podcast Ep 19

In this episode, Johnny talks about “Starving Artist’s Guide Mixtape Vol. 1,” an article on how to reduce student loan repayment, the free audiobook “A User’s Manual to the Human Experience” by Michael Dean, and an interview on teaching English as a second language with Nick Snopkowski. With music by DeVries, Ian Bryn, and Drive In Saturday, Ends with a special live performance.

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Mixtape Vol. 1

Okay so this is a compilation of music I’ve featured on the podcast by awesome NYC(and beyond!) bands. It’s available through Itunes and the artists receive 100% of the profit. So if you’re a fan of the podcast, definitely buy the album. These are the songs that caught my attention after scouring hundreds, if not thousands of songs to bring the best of the best to the show. And try as you might, these songs are most definitely not on any of the file sharing networks. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC BY BUYING THIS MIXTAPE!

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By Sally Holland
CNN Senior Producer

WASHINGTON (CNN) — As a graduate from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in international relations, Jana Morgan was hoping to help victims of human rights violations caused by resource wars.
The tight job market, though, has made her put those dreams aside for now while she pays her bills — by waiting tables at The Barrack’s Inn in Sackets Harbor, New York.
Morgan is realistic about her future income options. “If you are going into public service, you aren’t going there to make money, you are going there to help people,” she said in a recent interview.
Her less-than-anticipated income means that it is difficult for her to make her student loan payments for the nearly $80,000 in debt she accumulated getting through college. Morgan is looking at a new law that goes into effect July 1 that would help her cap her student loans at 15 percent of her adjusted gross income.
Then, if she completes 10 years of public service, her loans would be dropped completely. Based on her current income, her $800 payments would go away for the time being, according to calculations she did on the Department of Education’s Web site.
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act that created the new Income-Based Repayment program was signed into law in 2007 to help make student loan payments more manageable.
However, the Department of Education warns that making smaller loan payments may actually increase the amount that borrowers will need to pay back in the long run because interest will accrue for a longer period of time. On the other hand, if the borrowers meet certain criteria, their remaining student loan debt can be dropped after 25 years.
Morgan is not the only one struggling in the weak economy. According to Rep. George Miller, the Democratic chairman of the House committee that worked on the bill, “The U.S. college affordability crisis is only worsening and to top it off, this year’s graduating class is about to enter the toughest job market for college graduates in 25 years.”
Unemployment numbers for May indicate that 15.5 percent of people age 20 to 24 are unemployed in the U.S. compared to the overall unemployment rate of 9.4 percent.
The Income-Based Repayment program is designed specifically for those students who have high loan amounts and low income. To continue to qualify for the repayment plan, every year borrowers will have to provide information on their income and family size. When income increases, the payments will revert back to the standard amounts.
As for Morgan, if she had know what kind of debt she would be carrying after she earned her degrees, she might have done some things differently.

“As an 18-year-old, I might have applied to more schools that would consider funding me fully, and I probably should have been considering my economic situation at that time,” she said.

However, Morgan said she would not have changed her mind about going to college.

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Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 18
In this episode, Johnny interviews comedian/musician Kevin Prockup on the ins and outs of what it takes to be a comedy based Musician. Features an interview with Dead Prez and music by Americans UK, deVries, Nathan Brumley, and Master of Con?usion. The best underground music scene since sliced bread. For the full podcast, please subscribe to the Starving Artist’s Podcast via Itunes in the link to the right! It’s Free!

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Here we have an excellent interview with Scientist and modern day mystic Gregg Braden. For anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he’s a prolific writer with over 6 published books and a few films under his belt as well. I can’t help but feel slightly better after watching this interview. What do you think?

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Starving Artist Podcast Ep. 17
In this episode, Johnny reviews great pizzeria “Pizza By the Pound,” which serves up $10 large pies and incredible $1 beers all day every day. Can’t beat that. He also goes over some of the prizes for his Starving Artist Guide design competition, which has a due date of July 4th, 2009. With music by Neil Nathan, Amleah and rapper Brash. Featuring a full length interview with screenwriter and Free Mason member Ethan Runco, where he goes to great lengths to keep his identity secret. Whoops. Guess I didn’t need to buy that digital voice dropper after all.

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