• August 28, 2012  

    Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill talk to Romney economic advisers Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia University’s School of Business, and John Taylor, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, about debt, tax cuts and deregulation. Andy Kohut of Pew Research Group weighs in on how Americans perceive Republican economic policy. Continue reading

  • June 11, 2012   BY Elizabeth Shell  

    Here’s a running debt clock tracking total student loans in America (the mechanics of which are at, one of the sites run by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz.). If you’re like one of the debt-saddled folks we’ve profiled, we … Continue reading

  • June 8, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Bank of Spain in Madrid. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images. It’s “Pain in Spain” week here at Making Sen$e. Thus far we’ve featured a two-part dispatch from former New York Times correspondent Ana Westley. Today, her husband takes center stage. … Continue reading

  • June 7, 2012   BY Paul Solman  

    Church of Our Lady of Incarnation in Spain. Photo by SantiMB via Flickr Creative Commons. In the second part of her dispatch from Spain, former New York Times correspondent and friend of Making Sen$e, Ana Westley describes the privileges of … Continue reading

  • May 8, 2012  

    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks with Judy Woodruff about his plan to tackle the nation’s escalating fiscal crisis, as outlined in his new book “The Debt Bomb.” Coburn says “everyone,” from both the right and the left, must sacrifice to fix the country’s mounting debt problems. Continue reading

  • May 1, 2012  

    In another discussion in our series After the Fall that examines what’s changed and what hasn’t since the 2008 financial crisis, Jeffrey Brown discusses consumer and marketplace attitudes toward credit and debt with Adam Levin of, James Chessen of the American Bankers Association and Kathy Kristof of CBS MoneyWatch. Continue reading

  • February 14, 2012  

    After days of partisan deadlock, there were signs of progress Tuesday in Congress over extending payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits for the rest of the year. Judy Woodruff discusses the politics and the implications of the potential extensions with Todd Zwillich of WYNC Radio’s “The Takeaway.” Continue reading

  • February 13, 2012  

    Unveiling a $3.8 trillion budget blueprint on Monday, President Obama cast the plan as an essential tool to spur economic growth and noted that tough choices would put the country “on a more sustainable fiscal path.” Republicans called the plan a “campaign document.” Ray Suarez reports. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2012  

    President Obama announced Friday at the University of Michigan that he’s putting colleges on notice that tuition hikes can’t continue year after year. Ray Suarez discusses the proposals with Mark Yudof, president of the University of California, and Richard Vedder of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Continue reading

  • January 25, 2012  

    In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama spoke about his economic goals for the country. Gwen Ifill discusses the broader points, including fairness, taxes and American manufacturing, with Heather Boushey of the Center for American Progress and Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum. Continue reading