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The Economics of a Royal Wedding

Monday, April 18, 2011

The countdown is underway: There's less than two weeks to go until hundreds of millions of viewers watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton in London's Westminster Abbey. But resist the urge to swoon and forget the romance for a minute as we take a closer look at the economics of the royal wedding.

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The Takeaway

Previewing President Obama's Budget Speech

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

President Obama is set to deliver a much anticipated speech 1:30 p.m. at George Washington University in Washington. The speech will detail his long-term plans for reducing the nation's deficit. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent says that the president will have to prepare the public for tough decisions as he faces the debt.

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Financial 411: A View of the Economy from Bretton Woods

Monday, April 11, 2011

Economists gathered once again at Bretton Woods, the site of the landmark post-WW II monetary conference.

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The Takeaway

Government Shutdown Averted... What's Next?

Monday, April 11, 2011

A government shutdown was averted in the 11th hour last Friday, as Congress and the White House came to a temporary resolution on the budget crisis. President Barack Obama will give a speech on Wednesday night detailing how he hopes to reduce the deficit. But the budget debate is not over, and is actually just beginning, according to The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich. Republicans want spending drastically reduced, and Democrats want taxes increased — this will make for an even more dramatic confrontation between party lines as the issue of the debt arrives.

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This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Egypt, Economy

Monday, April 11, 2011

Last Friday night, with a government shutdown staring them right in the eyes, Congress was able to come to temporary resolution over the 2011 budget crisis. President Barack Obama will lay out the details for reducing the deficit in a speech Wednesday night. What's the next big showdown in Washington? Raising the debt ceiling. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, sees the debt debate as "bigger and more troublesome" than what just transpired over the budget.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst

Monday, April 04, 2011

Vikram Mansharamani, lecturer at Yale University and a global equity investor, explains how to identify unsustainable booms and forthcoming busts. Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst gives an in-depth look at several major booms and busts and shows how to identify upcoming financial bubbles and the tell-tale signs of a forthcoming bust.

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Gets? How About Earns

Thursday, March 31, 2011

These high-income people "claim", "receive" and "get" their money, according to the two examples above. It's like they're handed checks every week - *poof* - by magic.

-- Karol Markowicz on the unequal language we use to describe inequality

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Political Risk Abroad

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, talks about what the instability in the economies in the Middle East and Japan might mean globally.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

India Calling

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Anand Giridharadas discusses what it was like to return to the land of his ancestors amid an unlikely economic boom. In India Calling: An intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, Giridharadas profiles the entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and Indian families who are responding to this economic upheaval.

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This Week's Agenda: Libya, Middle East, Unemployment

Monday, March 28, 2011

With support from coalition forces in the air, Libyan rebel forces have been able to recapture recent losses and are pushing towards Col. Moammar Gadhafi's strongholds. However, the U.S. is committed to passing responsibility on and Defense Secretary Robert Gates told NBC's "Meet the Press," "beginning this week or within the next week or so, we will begin to diminish the commitment of resources that we have committed to this." Marcus Mabry, editor-at-large of the International Herald Tribune, looks at how the impact of a U.S. drawdown could impact the situation in Libya.

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Housing Numbers Still in Decline

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New home sales numbers for February are expected out today, following Monday's release of existing home sales, which fell 9.6 percent according to the National Association of Retailers. With the economy improving, this breaks the usual mold of home sales and the economy mirroring each other. Louise Story, Wall Street and finance reporter for The New York Times is watching the housing market and the way different economists are seeing the decreased prices. Is it about housing affordability or a scary dip in the market?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Follow Up Friday: Gender Pay Gap

Friday, March 18, 2011

Heather Boushey, senior economist at the Center for American Progress, talks about the state of the pay gap between what men and women earn in the workplace, and follows up on whether young, single women are making more than their male counterparts. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ireland Unhinged

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Author David Monagan tells why he moved his family from Connecticut to Cork, Ireland, in 2000. He looks at the changes the economic boon has wreaked on the Irish countryside and what the future holds for the country now that the bubble has finally burst. In Ireland Unhinged, he gives an often funny account of his transplanted American family’s experiences in Ireland during the past boom-to-bust decade.

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The Takeaway

Cat Bonds: Making a Buck Off Disaster

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday on The Takeaway, Wall Street and Finance reporter for The New York Times, Louise Story mentioned the existence of something called a "cat bond."  How do catastrophe bonds work? Essentially, these bonds are packages of insurance risks and it's a complex market, says Louise Story. As weather events get worse and more risky, the insurance companies are wiling to pass along this risk to the investors. However, when the market get too big and the risks get too high, will we see something akin to the mortgage market bust?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Economics Dance of Marriage

Friday, March 04, 2011

Katherine Rosman, columnist and author of If You Knew Suzy, talks about her new column in the Wall Street Journal, which tackles the economics of marriage and family. Read a recap at It's A Free Country>>>

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dr. John E. Wennberg explains why the medical care Americans receive depends on their physicians and hospitals as much as it does on medical science or patient choice. His book Tracking Medicine: A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care chronicles his 40-year study of medical variation across the country and its effects on the health of the individual patient, and discusses the nation’s long-term economic prospects.

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This Week's Agenda: Budget, Middle East, Jobs

Monday, February 28, 2011

The government is on the verge of a shutdown Friday, as Democrats and Republicans try and come up with some kind of resolution on the budget. Chrystia Freeland, global editor-at-large of Reuters, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, will look into their chrystal balls and see if any resolution is in sight. While Washington makes attempts at a budget resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to Switzherland to come up with a resolution on dealing with Col. Moammar el-Gadhafi and Libya. Are Gadhafi's days numbered? 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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The Takeaway

Banks: Opening in Affluent Neighborhoods Near You

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

For the first time in 15 years, more banks closed than opened in 2010. Looking closer into the numbers shows that the majority of banks that closed were located in poor areas, whereas, most new banks opened in wealthier areas. The New York Times Wall Street and finance reporter Louise Story has the details.

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The Takeaway

Feds: Humans Worth About $8 Million a Pop

Friday, February 18, 2011

How much is a human life worth? Could you hazard a guess at the federal government's answer? Try $8 million, give or take a couple, depending on the agency that's coming up with the figure. An article published by The New York Times about the process of setting the value of a human life caught our interest. The government must have a system in place to come up with this number, so it can set safety regulations for businesses. But each agency seems to have a different formula for coming up with the figure.

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