The average college graduate is saddled with thousands of dollars of debt. That’s because the average cost of a four-year college in this country has exploded over the last two decades.Is the crippling debt accrued by students a smart financial decision? And, compared to the rest of the world, why do Americans pay so much for higher education? To unpack this issue, we’ve enlisted StudentVoice’s Zak Malamed, Allison Schrager from Quartz, and Dale J. Stephens, an elementary school dropout who founded his own business in his late teens.Welcome to Season 1 of “The Business of Life”: a fresh perspective on the most important issues of our time, as told through the facts, figures, dollars, and cents that shape our world. Hosted by journalist Michael C. Moynihan, each episode brings together an eclectic panel of writers, thinkers, policy experts, and scholars to break down everything you need to make sense of the most complicated topics of our time.