Monthly Conversation With Mitch Daniels: USDA Moving, Tiny Houses, Civics Exam

Jun 27, 2019

Purdue's president says he doesn't expect to invite the 2020 presidential candidates to campus -- even as he pushes for students to pass a test showing knowledge of government.
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When U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a few months ago he planned to move the department’s headquarters out of Washington, D.C., Purdue University President Mitch Daniels endorsed the idea every chance he got, and even started his school making some preparations in case Indiana was chosen as the new home.

That honor went instead to Kansas City, Missouri – but was there more Indiana could have done to back up its bid?

We address that on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels. Also on this month’s show, a question from a listener who wants to know how the president’s daughter wound up winning a concession from the school to rent out so-called “tiny houses” at home football games this fall.

And we talk about the latest in the debate over giving students a civics test as a graduation requirement.