John Cassidy

Staff writer, "The New Yorker"

John Cassidy appears in the following:

A Manufactured Crisis: Russia's Gift to NATO?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

NATO may have been hovering on the brink of collective military irrelevance a year ago, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine has given new life, and military opportunities, to the alliance.

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How to Cope When the News is Grim

Friday, July 25, 2014

It's been one of those weeks where the bad news just kept piling on: Gaza, Ukraine, plane crashes and an ebola outbreak, just to name a few. Sometimes, simply taking a vacation from the news seems like the only way to preserve some sanity.

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Hillary Clinton's Legacy: Ambassador to the World?

Friday, February 01, 2013

Hillary Clinton steps out of the political spotlight today as she departs from the U.S. State Department after four years as secretary of state. As we reflect on her legacy, John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that Secretary Clinton achieved more as "an ambassador to the world" than as secretary of state.

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Why Obama Should Go Over the Fiscal Cliff

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Some Republicans, including columnist Marc Thiessen, say their only negotiating tactic is to let the United States go over the fiscal cliff. But New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy says it’s Obama who would benefit from the January 1st package of tax hikes and spending cuts.

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John Cassidy on the Economy and Election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about the election results. He's the author of the blog Rational Irrationality at newyorker.com.

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Why The Name of the Aurora Shooter Should Be Remembered

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

When President Obama traveled to Aurora earlier this week, he agreed to not use the name of the shooter in any of his public speeches. John Cassidy, staff writer for The New Yorker, thinks that gesture comes at a cost.

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Money, the Economy, and the Presidential Election

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy discusses economics and the presidential campaign. He’s been covering Mitt Romney and President Obama on The New Yorker’s blog “Rational Irrationality.” Cassidy’s latest book is How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities.

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Political Misdirection from The White House

Friday, May 04, 2012

The big political story this week was an argument between the Obama and Romney campaigns about whether or not Romney would have killed Osama Bin Laden, were he president. As the New Yorker's John Cassidy observed, the argument was actually beside the point -- it was a piece of calculated political distraction by the White House. He explains to Bob how it worked, and what news we missed as a result.

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What would John Maynard Keynes Tell Us to Do?

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy talks about the economic philosophy of John Maynard Keynes and whether it can work to pull us out of the economic recession. Today, many regard Keynes as the economist whose sweeping theory remains the best solution to our current woes, but conservative economists insist that Keynes’s ideas have failed to work. Cassidy’s article “The Demand Doctor” appeared in the October 10, 2011, issue of The New Yorker.

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John Cassidy on Islam and Economies

Friday, February 25, 2011

New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy looks at whether Islam is responsible for the lagging economies of many Arab countries. His article “Prophet Motive” appears in the February 28 issue of The New Yorker.

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Is Wall Street Worthy?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses his recent article "What Good is Wall Street", which argues that the work investment bankers do today is socially worthless.

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Economic Architect

Monday, March 15, 2010

Joshua Green, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, and John Cassidy,New Yorker staff writer, talk about Timothy Geithner’s role as chief architect of Obama’s plan to fix the economy, and why his plan has made him unpopular. Joshua Green’s article “Inside Man” appears in the April issue of ...

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How Markets Fail

Friday, November 13, 2009

John Cassidy explains that behind the headlines about job losses, bank bailouts, and corporate greed lies a little-known story of bad ideas. How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities, looks at what happens when markets don’t work—when they lead to stock market bubbles, extreme inequality, real estate crashes, ...

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Sen. Dodd's Proposed Bank Regulations

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The financial reform bill introduced Tuesday by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), chair of the Senate Banking Committee, would dramatically change the way U.S. banks are monitored. But with resistance from both Republicans and Democrats, the bill is unlikely to pass through the Senate before the end of the year. Here to tell us more about it is our Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, along with John Cassidy, New Yorker staff writer and author of the book, "How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities."


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Week of the Collapse: Credit Freeze

Thursday, September 17, 2009

All this week we’re telling the stories behind the unraveling of our financial system in two minutes or less. Today, we look at the credit freeze. This segment contains excerpts from an interviews we conducted with Margaret Atwood and The New Yorker’s John Cassidy. You can hear the full interviews ...


Inside the Meltdown

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

PBS's "Frontline" investigates the inside stories of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, AIG and the $700 billion dollar bailout in "Inside the Meltdown". Frontline producer Michael Kirk and New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy join us. The documentary airs tonight at 9 pm on PBS.

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The Education of Ben Bernanke

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

John Cassidy, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Dot.Con: How America Lost Its Mind and Money in the Internet Era, explains why Ben Bernanke did what he did during the economic meltdown.

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"Anatomy of a Meltdown:" profiling Ben Bernanke amidst the economic crisis

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The man at the center of the current U.S. financial crisis is Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. The Takeaway talks to New Yorker Staff writer John Cassidy, who profiled Bernanke for his latest piece, "Anatomy of a Meltdown."
"In a financial crisis, all the old rules go out the window and the only institution which can restore order and prevent a wholesale panic is the government."
— John Cassidy on Ben Bernanke