Leonard Lopate talks to John Tallbott, the guy who predicted the housing crash. He now says things will get worse. He also says players in the financial system -- not the government or consumers -- are at fault. There has been lots on the economy but this guy has a unique perspective. Dire.
"This is a dead cat. This is not bouncing [back]."
Program: Leonard Lopate
Date: February, 2009
Ever wonder why politicians these days always talk about helping the Middle Class but not about helping the poor? FDR sought to lift Americans out of poverty. LBJ had a War on Poverty. So what happened? NPR Daniel Schorr considers the question in this commentary.
Program: All Things Considered
Playtime: 2 minutes 31 seconds
This is audio of part of an interview Planet Money's Adam Davidson did with TARP watchdog Elizabeth Warren. It features Warren and Davidson going at it pretty heatedly about what Warren's role should be. The interview subsequently illicited this apology (at about 1:50) in which someone hinted that Davidson's interview was sexist ( he wouldn't have spoken with Tim Geithner like that) and then this scolding by NPR's Ombudsman. All of which made the interview all that much more interesting and people. I am sure it is the most even listened to Podcast from Planet money.
An interview with a tall woman about a book she wrote about tall and the fact that tall people make more money. That begs a question they did not address: How much of the pay discrepancy between men and women can be ascribe to height - and vice versa.
For men, more $$ = more dates - at least in online dating.
Columbia Business School behavioral economist who used to run a speed dating service: "Yes if you want to put it very coarsely - and maybe you shouldn't put this on the air - the gold digger stereotype holds true."
On the other hand "There is no amount of money that will make an undesirable women attractive on these sites."
#1 "Average savings rates in China stand at around 30% and, as Chris Hogg discovers, most of that money is spent on health care."
#2 Citizen Journalism: The wide availablity of cell phone video has changed the face of conflict and communication in Kashmir
Link to Hearing Voices' post of the Radio Lab rebroadcast of a Hearing Voices piece that played on Living on Earth in 2005.
City X by Johnathan Mitchell.
The familiar story of a small Midwestern city, its mall, and the most common cause of city death - heart disease.
This is a great show from WUNC. This episode features a story (about 3/5 of the way through) from a son who witnessed his father, in order to support the family, getting the heck beat out him, in a carnival boxing match, for $25. Talk about hard times.
The Occupy movement has spread to London, where the nearest open lcoation to the stock exchange is in front of St Paul's Cathedral. Two clergymen have resigned over how the tents and protestors have been dealt with. It's being reported outside the mainstream media by the likes of student radio station SOAS Radio (Part 2 is here) and citizen journalists including The Shout (in multiple Audioboos).
Playtime: 6 minutes 24 seconds
Date: October, 2011