financial crisis

  • February 1, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s “Tool$ We Use” features three on the carbon emissions you generate by driving, with a bonus global warming video attached for your viewing discomfort. On the broadcast Monday: a story about electric cars, with a focus on GM’s Chevy … Continue reading

  • January 28, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    All this week we’ve featured investment advisor Jon Shayne, aka Country-and-Western economist Merle Hazard, warbling his way through the European debt debacle. He started with the pain in Spain and moved on through Erin Go Broke to the tune of … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Murrey Jacobson  

    If you listened to their respective press conferences Thursday and heard the sometimes bitter tones in their voices, you might have thought that the Republican and Democratic members of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission didn’t agree at all on some … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post introduces the fourth of country singer Merle Hazard’s Euro-shanties, this one taking off on the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th. Merle (if not Beethoven) will do anything to educationally amuse. So will we. But given the gravity … Continue reading

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post introduces the fourth of country singer Merle Hazard’s Euro-shanties, this one taking off on the Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th. Teutonic C&W. Merle (if not Beethoven) will do anything to educationally amuse. So will we.

  • January 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    What a relief: a SOTU address without the traditional partisan whack-a-mole standing ovations. “Date night’s” civility – or, if you prefer, lack of passion – had the virtue of keeping Democrats and Republicans mostly in their seats. (Sitting cheek by … Continue reading

  • January 26, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    By “hits,” I mean Merle Hazard’s Golden Newbie Euro-crisis Euro-tunes, as well as the Internet views that they’ve been garnering. Monday’s post: The Pain in Spain Falls Plainly from Merle’s Brain. Yesterday’s: Erin Go Broke. And today, the world debut … Continue reading

  • January 26, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    By “hits,” I mean Merle Hazard’s Golden Newbie Euro-crisis Euro-tunes, as well as the Internet views that they’ve been garnering. Monday’s post: The Pain in Spain Falls Plainly from Merle’s Brain. Yesterday’s: Erin Go Broke. And today, the world debut … Continue reading

  • January 25, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Today’s post puts the economic woes of the Emerald Isle to music. The lyrics are Hazard’s, though I confess to have taken crack at them myself and then, at some risk to my ego, sent both sets of lyrics — … Continue reading

  • January 24, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    The first of this week’s series of posts from the ever-melodic, ever-economic Merle Hazard debuts today: a ditty on the plight of Spain.