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Monday, August 10, 2009

The Federal Reserve and the role it played in the economic meltdown remains a mystery for most. David Wessel, Wall Street Journal economics editor and author of the new book, In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic, explains what did and did not happen at the FED during the most recent financial catastrophe. Plus, why exercise won’t make you thin, and the hidden language of numbers.

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David Wessel

Health Care Reform

Congresswoman (NY-D-11) Yvette Clarke talks about health care reform.

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Habeas Hearings

David Cynamon, lead attorney for all of the Kuwaiti detainees held in Guantanamo and a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, previews Tuesday's hearings--and talks about the release of one of his clients.

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Freaky Math

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The Fed and the Great Panic

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of In Fed We Trust Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic, provides a close-up retelling of the Federal Reserve's dramatic efforts to stabilize the US economy.

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Weight Loss Myth-busting

John Cloud, Time Magazine staff writer, talks about his article, "Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin."

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New York's Airspace

On the heels of this weekend's helicopter/plane collision, a group of New York legislators called today for greater FAA regulation of New York City's airspace. WNYC reporter Lisa Chow was there. Also: Jeff Smith, chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, talks about what it's like to fly ...

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Brian Lehrer Show Staff Playlist

During the show last Thursday, Brian reached out to you for book and music recommendations. In between callers, he played music recommended the show staff and other WNYC employees. This is the list of all of the songs played on the air.

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YUEI Videos from The Takeaway

Femi Oke and the Takeaway team are trying their hand at shooting video of some economic indicators--in this case, more practical than uncommon, but still local stories about the economic impact. Perhaps those of you who entered our recent video contest gave them inspiration! Take a look:

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