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Comedian Hasan Minhaj on student debt: ‘This system has become broken’

Towards the end of this week’s episode of Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix NFLX, +0.29% show “Patriot Act,” viewers are presented with a comedic sketch that illustrates the obstacles many borrowers face paying their student loans better than allegations buried in court documents, complaint databases and the media ever could.

Mark and Shannon are contestants on a fictional game show. The prize? Having their student debt paid off. It’s a riff on an actual game show with that premise. The fictional couple is saddled with the private student-loan debt of their son, who died in a parkour accident.

‘I don’t want to be the forbearer of bad news, but forbearance actually increases your interest over time.

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