Episode 612: The Indicator Strikes Back

Friday, March 20, 2015

Look at the numbers today, and things seem promising for the economy. Jobs and home prices are up. But look under the hood, and you see that in a lot of ways the crisis is still with us.


The Brian Lehrer Show

The 'University of Everywhere'

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation, looks at changes in college education (rising cost, debt, moocs) and what that means for the future.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Will the Greek election reignite the eurozone crisis?

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Will the Greek election reignite the eurozone crisis?


Episode 587: Jubilee! (?)

Friday, December 05, 2014

Iceland is trying out an idea from the Bible. What happens, when you just wipe debt clean?



After Bankruptcy, Banks Still Go After Some Debts

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In what's been likened to a hostage situation, some banks are still extracting payments from debtors who've already filed for bankruptcy, according to the New York Times.


The Takeaway

The Relentless Grip of the Foreclosure Crisis

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Years after foreclosing on a property, former homeowners can't escape the relentless knock of debt collectors.

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Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Today on the show: The story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business. And the story of a time when the world went wild for debt.


The Takeaway

America's Next Debt Crisis: Medical Costs

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

With the pace of medical costs on track to outpace real GDP and wage growth, a real medical debt crisis appears to be looming ahead.

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Episode 559: Detroit's Water Bill

Friday, August 08, 2014

Today on the show, how a bankrupt city is dealing with the most basic of problems — how to get people to pay their bills.


PRI's The World

The new Argentine debt crisis resurrects painful memories and fears of economic disaster

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Argentina defaulted for the second time in 13 years after last-ditch talks with US hedge funds collapsed. Many Argentines worry that unless a deal is reached, another default could crash the peso and lead to inflation and unemployment.


The Takeaway

Proposal Looks to Ease the Burden of Student Debt

Monday, June 09, 2014

President Obama is issuing an executive order today ensuring that young people who take out federal loans have their loan payments capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Debt and the Great Recession

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Atif Mian argues that the Great Recession was caused by a large run-up in household debt followed by a large drop in household spending.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

War and Gold

Thursday, May 29, 2014

War-waging and financial debt have long been intertwined, and Kwasi Kwarteng looks at the history from the French Revolution to the emergence of modern-day China.

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Episode 527: The Amazing Shrinking Economy Might Stop Shrinking

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Greece, the country we all worried might take down the euro and Europe, may finally be ready to turn around.


All Things Considered

'The Numbers Are Getting Better, The People Are Getting Worse'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Greece's economy is expected to rebound this year. But for one couple living in Athens, things don't feel better.


The Leonard Lopate Show

College Competition and Student Loan Debt

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Laura Newland examines the hypercompetitive battle for internships and the economic pressures—student loans, the daunting cost of graduate degrees, high unemployment—at the nation’s elite universities. She argues that these economic pressures have fueled a Wall Street recruiting machine that is winning over the best and the brightest. In Chasing Zeroes: The Rise of Student Debt, the Fall of the College Ideal, and One Overachiever’s Misguided Pursuit of Success, she writes about her own experiences with college debt and the lure of finance, and looks at higher education and the tension between ambition and debt.

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Transportation Nation

Bankruptcy of Bike Share Company Will Not Immediately Affect Systems in U.S. Cities

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Montreal's bike share company, which also supplies equipment and technology to the largest bike share systems in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy—but transportation officials in the U.S. say that won't have any immediate impact on operations.

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Life of the Law

A Criminal Debt

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

It’s not unusual at all to leave prison anywhere across the country owing fees, fines, or other costs to the local court. The city of Philadelphia alone is trying to collect some $1.5 billion in judicial debt owed back to days of the Nixon Administrati...


What Happened To Those TV Ads For Payday Loans?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Regulators are cracking down on payday loans, leading some companies like Western Sky to shut down their loan operations.


Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: "Was That the Alamo or the Battle of the Bulge?" Edition

Friday, October 18, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The why and wherefore of the end of the shutdown. Plus, what Facebook's new policy means for teenagers.