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SPECIAL FEATURE: Inside The Banking Crisis
Cartoon: Morgan blowing up bubbles.
"This is the big one."
 - Economist James K. Galbraith

Since the first rumblings of the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL has stayed on the story of the economic collapse with original reporting and insightful interviews, making headlines and informing the public with greater range and depth than any other telecast.

From economists to community organizers, Wall Street financiers to historians, guests on BILL MOYERS JOURNAL provide powerful insight into the roots of the crisis and have stimulated a crucial national dialogue on its causes, effects and possible solutions.

You can explore and share JOURNAL coverage of the meltdown in the video player below. Also, find the must-read guide to understanding the tumult, and a complete list of links to JOURNAL coverage in the References and Readings.

Picture: "Wall Street Bubbles; -- Always the same." Caricature of John Pierpont Morgan as a bull blowing bubbles which say "inflated values." May 22, 1901. by J. Ottman Lithographic Company. Collection of the Library of Congress. High resolution image available here.


Other Bailout Coverage

FRONTLINE: Inside the Meltdown
FRONTLINE investigates the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown.

NPR: PLANET MONEY
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO blog and podcast covering financial news.

BASELINE SCENARIO: Financial Crisis for Beginners
Articles that explain the complex roots of the crisis in plain English. From BASELINE SCENARIO, the influential Web site of Simon Johnson and James Kwak. You can also find links to other influential financial blogs.

PROPUBLICA: Eye on the Bailout
Non-profit investigative reporting unit PROPUBLICA provides tools and background for investigating and tracking the bailout.

NEW YORK TIMES Topics: Credit Crisis - Bailout Plan

"Special Report: A World of Trouble, the sequel"
International news and perspective from GlobalPost.

Articles of interest

"The End"
by Michael Lews, PORTFOLIO, December 2008. Background into the 2008 market collapse.

"The Quiet Coup"
by Simon Johnson, THE ATLANTIC, May 2009. Johnson argues that financial oligarchy holds too much power in Washington, D.C.

"The Global Pool of Money"
This radio show, a collaboration between THIS AMERICAN LIFE and NPR NEWS, walks through the causes of the financial crisis.

"Recipe for Disaster: The Formula That Killed Wall Street"
by Felix Simon, WIRED, February 23, 2009.

"Why Wall Street Always Blows It"
by Henry Blodget, THE ATLANTIC, May 2009.

BILL MOYERS JOURNAL Coverage

James ThindwaJames Thindwa
James Thindwa, whose campaign for economic fairness for working people in Chicago has brought him up against the city's powerful political establishment and corporate giant Wal-Mart. (March 27, 2009)



Robert Johnson, photo by Robin HollandRobert Johnson
Bill Moyers talks with economist Robert Johnson, who decodes this week's news on the bank bailout, with a hard look at the international ramifications of the plan and a discussion of why nationalization has become a flash point. (February 27, 2009)

Simon Johnson, photo by Robin HollandSimon Johnson
Former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), MIT Sloan School of Management professor and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Simon Johnson examines President Obama's plan for economic recovery. (February 13, 2009)

James Galbraith, photo by Robin HollandJames Galbraith
Bill Moyers sits down to talk about the economic future with James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Galbraith is the author of six books, the most recent, THE PREDATOR STATE: HOW CONSERVATIVES ABANDONED THE FREE MARKET AND WHY LIBERALS SHOULD TOO. (October 24, 2008)

Michael Zweig, photo by Robin HollandMichael Zweig
Michael Zweig, professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, on the economic realities of the downturn. (October 17, 2008)


George Soros, photo by Robin HollandGeorge Soros
Bill Moyers talks with one of the world's most successful investors George Soros about the global capital meltdown, how he saw it coming, and what can be done now. (October 10, 2008)


Kevin PhillipsKevin Phillips on BAD MONEY
Bill Moyers sits down with former Nixon White House strategist and political and economic critic Kevin Phillips, whose latest book BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM explores the role that the crumbling financial sector played in the now-fragile American economy. (September 19, 2008)

HeadlinesWinners and Losers
NEW YORK TIMES business and financial columnists Gretchen Morgenson and Floyd Norris discuss who wins and who loses in the financial turmoil. (September 19, 2008)


FBI Domestic Spy PosterFacing up to the Economy
Bill Moyers talks with economist Dean Baker and journalist Bob Herbert about the economic challenges facing the government and the populace. (August 8, 2008)


FBI Domestic Spy PosterMortgage Mess
THE JOURNAL travels to ground zero of the mortgage meltdown — Cleveland, Ohio. Correspondent Rick Karr takes viewers to Slavic Village, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the nation when it comes to the spate of foreclosures caused by the subprime mortgage crisis. (July 18, 2008)

William Greider, photo by Robin HollandWilliam Greider on Wall Street
Veteran journalist William Greider on the current financial crisis and what he calls "the great deflation of Wall Street." (July 18, 2008)


Katherine Newman, photo by Robin HollandThe Downturn on the Homefront
Sociologist Katherine Newman on the global markets' effect on kitchen table issues. (January 25, 2008)



Wall StreetAn American Recession?
Veteran market watcher Robert Kuttner and Wall Street insider William H. Donaldson give their read of the current economic landscape and discuss the risks of the deregulation of the financial industry. (October 12, 2007)

John BogleJohn Bogle
Investment industry giant John Bogle says that as more and more money managers take control over corporations on Wall Street, Main Street is paying the price. (September 28, 2007)


FBI Domestic Spy PosterGretchen Morgenson
Financial columnist Gretchen Morgenson on the SEC, the mortgage crisis and other matters fiscal. (June 29, 2007)

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