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At a time when tuition costs are skyrocketing, for-profit universities are gaining traction, and approximately a third of U.S. students have already taken an online course, the future of higher education is unclear. March 4 - 7, RadioWest is focusing on issues facing America's colleges and of course America's students. We'll also explore innovations that are changing the way we learn.It's all part of the University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics' Sixteenth Annual Rocco C. and Marion S. Siciliano Forum, “Considerations on the Status of the American Society.” For details on the week's events, click here.

How Games Can Change the World

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More than half of all Americans supplement their experience in the real world with excursions into the virtual worlds of videogames, and they spend thousands of hours doing it. Jane McGonigal says we should spend more time playing videogames, not less. She says videogames are increasingly fulfilling real human needs. They’re helping fight social problems like depression and obesity and they’re teaching us how to address real-world challenges. McGonigal joins us on Thursday to explain why she thinks video games are the future of education.

Jane McGonigal will participate in an event of the 16th Annual Siciliano Forum on Thursday, March 7th, at 9:15 in the Hinckley Institute of Politics Caucus Room on the University of Utah campus. For more details, click here.

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Jane McGonigal is a videogame designer the author of the book Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.