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Tag Archives: This American Life

10,000 Brainiacs in Haiti

Unprecedented amounts of money have been pledged to Haitian relief in the last few months. American households have given over $1 billion and in March, 120 countries pledged over $9 billion(!) to rebuild. The only problem is that – historically – blanketing a country in aid and money has never really [...]

A Failed Bank: One Year Later

One year ago this week, we brought you the story of a bank failure. The Bank of Clark County was a small bank in southwest Washington state. One Friday, in what has become a weekly ritual of the Great Recession, the FDIC stepped in to take it over. We told you about [...]

Where Were the Watchmen?

Since Congress hasn’t held 1930’s-style hearings into the causes of the financial crisis, we stage one of our own.  The subject? The regulators and watchdogs who were supposed to be overseeing the banks and the finance industry—to make sure things wouldn’t blow up like they have.  Clearly something went wrong. Today we [...]

One Pill Two Pill, Red Pill Blue Pill

Planet Money and This American Life’s show on health insurance companies including why prescription drug coupons could actually be increasing how much we pay, and prevent us from even telling how much drugs cost. (13 1/2 minutes).  Listen here.

Anatomy of a Bank Takeover

The story of what it really looks like when a bank fails and is taken over by the FDIC.  Listen here for the NPR story and here for a longer This American Life version.