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Monday, October 26, 2009

New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin takes us behind the scenes of the financial crisis as it unfolded last year—from what happened inside the offices of Lehman Brothers to the corridors of power in Washington. Then, we talk about the centennial of the Thanhouser Company, an independent film studio in New Rochelle, New York, that produced movies in our area before the industry relocated to California. And Margaret Atwood on her new post-apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood. Also, we speak with William D. Cohan about the trial of former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers. Plus, a look at why the U.S. government is tripling its aid package to Pakistan.

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Too Big to Fail

New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin gives a behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression grew into a global economic crisis. His book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial ...

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The Thanhouser Company at 100

Ned Thanhouser, grandson of the founder of the Thanhouser Company, discusses the film company's 100th anniversary. The Thanhouser Company was an independent film studio that operated from 1909 to 1918 in New Rochelle, New York. It produced a variety of films in the decade before most of the industry migrated ...

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The Year of the Flood

Margaret Atwood talks about her latest novel, The Year of the Flood, which returns to the post-apocalyptic world of her previous book, Oryx and Crake.

Event: Margaret Atwood will be speaking and signing books
Tuesday, October 27, at 8:00 pm
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, at 95th Street

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The United States v. Cioffi & Tannin

The trial of former Bear Sterns hedge fund managers Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin is the first to come from the subprime mortgage crisis. It began earlier this month in federal court. William D. Cohan gives us an update on the trial and its implications for other possible prosecutions stemming ...

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U.S. Aid to Pakistan

Last week, the United States tripled non-military aid to Pakistan. But some in Pakistan see the new aid package as a direct threat to their sovereignty. Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy, explains what drove the United States' decision and how the $7.5 billion will be spent ...

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