Applications to grad schools nationwide spiked two years ago, when the economy tanked. Many students, pursuing a PhD, hope to become professors. That can be great work if you can get it, but the path isn’t easy. Caroline Bicks and Brendon Reay met as humanities PhD students and they married soon after graduation. They remained devoted to each other even while living, working and even having a child in cities 800 miles apart from each other. After a few years, they found jobs in the same city and it seemed they had it made - until tenure decisions rolled around. Dick Gordon talks with the couple about how they’ve handled their relationship and their thoughts on a system that ended one academic career while securing the other. Also: a brush with fame, with Bo Diddley.