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Universities across the United States have long prided themselves on bridging the differences between their students. Today, how the coronavirus has instead reinforced inequalities that campus life can hide.

On today’s episode:

  • Nicholas Casey, a national politics reporter at The New York Times, who spoke to faculty and students at Haverford College, a liberal arts school near Philadelphia.

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Credit…Charlotte Kesl for The New York Times

Background reading:

  • When the students were sleeping in the same dorms and eating the same dining hall food, the disparities in their backgrounds weren’t as clear as they are over video chat. Here’s a peek inside two students’ vastly different worlds.

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Nicholas Casey contributed reporting.

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