Economic Crisis

The Takeaway

Understanding the Debt Limit Showdown

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Just around the corner an even bigger national fiscal catastrophe is looming. In September the U.S. Treasury warned Congress that if the nation's debt limit is not raised by October 17th the U.S. will run out of cash to pay off its debts. What exactly is a debt ceiling? And why will so much be at stake in this next political fight? James Surowiecki, a financial columnist for The New Yorker, joins The Takeaway to explain.

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The Takeaway

Did the Obama Administration Fumble the Recovery?

Monday, March 05, 2012

Four months before President Obama was sworn into office, the investment bank Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy, setting off a panic throughout the country and much of the world. Coming on the heels of the bank bailout and the subprime mortgage crisis, President Obama's primary focus became the economy. One of the major questions facing his administration now is how well Obama and his team handled the fallout after the economic crash.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Financial Crisis Fallout

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bethany McLean, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and co-author with Joe Nocera of All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis, discusses the book, Wall Street, the S&P and the continuing financial woes in the U.S.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Greece in Crisis

Friday, June 17, 2011

New York Times European correspondent Rachel Donadio reports on the political and economic crisis in Greece.

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The Takeaway

Quantitative Easing: The Fed's Latest Attempt to Improve The Economy

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Federal Reserve Bank announced Wednesday that it will once again make a large purchase of Treasury Bonds — $600 billlion worth — as part of a Quantitative Easing to help the struggling economy. The response of many to this news: "Quantitative what?" Louise Story, Wall Street and Finance Reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins the show to break it down.

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Walking The Line

Monday, October 04, 2010

If the striking musicians win now, they may lose big later.

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The Takeaway

AIG and Federal Government Reach Deal on TARP Repayment

Friday, October 01, 2010

Insurance giant AIG has reached an agreement and a plan with the federal government to pay back some $70 billion given to the company in 2008 as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, just before their two-year deadline on October 3. Under the agreement, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will remove it's ties to American International Group, and the Treasury will increase it's stake to 92 percent, gradually bringing the shares it owns from preferred to public to transfer the control back out of government hands. But is the public buying? Louise Story gives us the latest.


The Takeaway

Arianna Huffington on the Death of the Middle Class

Friday, September 10, 2010

Media powerhouse Arianna Huffington thinks we're looking at the death of the American middle class.  She argues that point in her new book "Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream."

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The Takeaway

Income Inequality May Have Big Costs For Economy, Country

Monday, August 30, 2010

A small group of economists are trying to study whether income inequality may have contributed to the economic collapse. The income gap in the years leading up to the recent recession, which is often compared to the Great Depression, has a striking resemblance to the income equality in 1928, when the top 10 percent of earners received nearly half of the total income. Finance reporter Louise Story wrote about this theory for The New York Times earlier in August, and we spoke with her about the income gap on The Takeaway last week.

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The Takeaway

Grim Numbers Do Not Bode Well for Economic Outlook

Friday, August 13, 2010

With Wall Street indexes down for a third straight day yesterday and poor economic reports in recent weeks, the outlook for global economies does not look bright.


The Takeaway

Financial Regulation Becomes Law; Bernanke Calls Outlook 'Unusually Uncertain'

Thursday, July 22, 2010

President Obama made it official yesterday: the financial overhaul bill has been signed into law. So who are the winners as this new law takes effect? Takeaway contributor Beth Kobliner believes the consumer is the real winner in financial reform, with new rules about mortgages, credit cards and student loans. However, she reminds us that car dealers are not included in the law, so it's important to stay vigilant.


The Takeaway

In Desirable Boston Suburbs, 'McMansions' on the Rise

Friday, July 16, 2010

They’re back: Massive homes, heavy on square footage and sometimes light on architectural style, are seeing a resurgence in certain Boston-area communities.


The Takeaway

Learning From Other Countries' Quicker Economic Recovery

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A handful of countries are emerging from the recent economic crisis with what looks like the proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" in their sights. Canada, Germany and Australia are three countries that appear to be rebounding quickly from the recession. Why did these three countries recover so rapidly, and is there anything the United States can take away from their strategies to help us recover?


The Takeaway

Fed Chair Warns Nation's Budget on "Unsustainable Path"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had troubling words when he testified before the House Budget Committee on Wednesday. In describing the state of the economy, Bernanke said that the nation’s budget “appears to be on an unsustainable path.”  The New York Times’ Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story, explains that the chairman’s critique is a serious matter, and discusses the possible further economic pitfalls that lie ahead.