Helaine Olen
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Helaine Olen is a former columnist for Slate and co-author of The Index Card. She was the host of the Slate Academy series the United States of Debt.

The United States of Debt
Dec. 13 2016 4:41 PMIf You’re Struggling With Debt, a Trump Presidency Could Make It WorseRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s sixth episode.
The United States of Debt
Aug. 11 2016 5:12 PMWhy a Clean Bill of Health Is Costly in AmericaRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s fourth episode, which looks at surprise medical bills and rising health care costs.
The United States of Debt
July 12 2016 1:19 PMHow the Student Loan Crisis Affects You Even If You Don’t Have Any LoansIn Episode 3, the United States of Debt looks at the high cost of student loans and how they burden everybody.
The United States of Debt
May 19 2016 4:35 PMWhy Do We Use Credit Cards So Much? An Episode 2 Transcript.Read a transcript of the second episode of the United States of Debt, which looks at America’s love affair with plastic.
The United States of Debt
Nov. 10 2016 1:07 PMThe Collapse of the American DreamRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s fifth episode, which looks at aftermath of the foreclosure crisis.
The United States of Debt
July 12 2016 1:25 PMHow Are Student Loans Forcing Us All to Pay the High Cost of Education? Read a transcript of the United States of Debt’s third episode, which looks the high cost of student loans.
The United States of Debt
May 19 2016 4:35 PMWhy Do We Use Credit Cards So Much?The second episode of the United States of Debt looks at America’s love affair with plastic.
The United States of Debt
May 2 2016 3:49 PMWhy We Borrow So Much Money: Episode 1 TranscriptRead a transcript of the first episode of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy.