Friday, Sept. 19, 2008
Explainer: How Do You Pull $85 Billion out of a Hat?
The federal government announced this week it would bail out insurance giant AIG. So where does the government get a spare $85 billion? Samantha Henig has the answer. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: Cowboys and Ghosts Make a Comeback
Ed Harris' new film, Appaloosa, and the supernatural comedy Ghost Town are drawing gentle praise, reports Mark Jordan Legan. It's less clear if Lakeview Terrace is worth the price of admission. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
The Big Money: Did Greed Cause Markets To Tumble?
After the huge drop in the U.S. market Monday, markets in Europe and Asia tumbled as well. First, Madeleine Brand speaks with Henry Blodget, a former analyst for Merrill Lynch, about what he sees as a culture of greed on Wall Street. Then, Alex Cohen talks with James Ledbetter about why he thinks the government should have bailed out Lehman Bros. And finally, Madeleine Brand speaks with Motley Fool senior analyst Bill Barker about what the turmoil on Wall Street means for those of us who are not investment bankers or stock brokers. Listen to the segment.
Politics: Why the Economy Might Benefit McCain
When asked which party can best handle the economy, voters give Democrats a 20-point advantage over Republicans. Consequently, the timing of the Wall Street collapse would seem to boost Democratic candidate Barack Obama's popularity. Not so, according to John Dickerson. Listen to the segment.
TODAY IN SLATE
Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem
Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.