My favorite moments at this week’s GOP debate were when my wife, CNBC senior personal finance correspondent Sharon Epperson, challenged the candidates to confront two of the biggest issues facing America: student loans and retirement. Nobody wants to talk about retirement in part because it’s hard to face up to the idea of getting old, and many folks don’t want to talk about student loans because we’re filled with guilt about failing our young. Retirement and student loans may not be sexy subjects, but they are just the kind of important issues candidates need to grapple with during an election year. “This country has over $100 billion in student loan defaults–that’s billion with a b,” Sharon said during the debates, before posing her question. “What will you do to make sure that students, their families, taxpayers, won’t feel the economic impact of this burden for generations?” Here are the videos of the questions Sharon posed to the GOP candidates.
Actress Melissa Benoist, who stars in the title role in “Supergirl,” stopped by the WSJ Cafe to talk about a range of things including the new show, Jeb Bush calling her “pretty hot,” and whether she could beat up Wonder Woman and the Flash. For more go to WSJ.com/WSJCafe. Watch the videos.
I spent the summer binge-watching every episode of “The Walking Dead,” and all that time in front of the tube paid off. Actress Danai Gurira, who co-stars as Michonne on “The Walking Dead,” stopped by the WSJ Café to talk to me about the new season of the show. Gurira also discussed her play at the Public Theater, “Eclipsed,” that deals with civil war in Liberia and stars Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o.
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Here’s the interview with “The Martian” director Ridley Scott that I did for the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Cafe. The movie was No.1 at the box office this weekend.
Here’s what Scott had to say about his planned sequels to “Alien” and “Blade Runner”…
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