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Robert Novak: The Prince of Darkness, Part 1  (aired 6/14/2007)
In Washington journalistic circles Bob Novak is known as the Prince of Darkness and that is the title of his forthcoming memoir. He tells stories, explains his changing views and offers some harsh judgments. Bob Novak: 50 years in the political cauldron, this week on Think Tank.

Financial Finagling Pt. 2  (aired 3/22/2007)
The financial scandals of the last five years have given many American corporations a bad name. From Enron to Global Crossing, from Arthur Andersen to Merrill Lynch, big firms have been accused and sometimes convicted of financial skullduggery in all its forms. This has hurt many Americans — most of us own securities. Federal and state governments have passed new legislation aimed at curbing accounting fraud, but some say the regulations go too far --- others say, not far enough. But in the meantime, the stock market continues doing fairly well — despite chaotic global conditions. And abroad, America is still seen as a safe haven for investment. Has Wall Street become over-regulated? Or has recent legislation been the strong medicine big business needs to keep from self-destructing?

Has Spitzer Saved Wall Street?  (aired 8/31/2006)
Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, Adelphia – these companies and many others are now synonymous with corporate scandal, greed and corruption. Many Americans have looked to the government to bring Wall Street to heel, and one man has been seen as the most important anti-corporate crusader in the nation– New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. He is an aggressive prosecutor who has taken on some of the business world’s biggest tycoons. He has also been criticized for using the power of his office to gain publicity for himself and to run for governor of New York state. Is Eliot Spitzer bringing law and order to Wall Street? Or has he overstepped the role of Attorney General?

After Katrina, Part Two  (aired 7/27/2006)
Last summer, Hurricane Katrina flooded over 80 percent of the city of New Orleans. President George W. Bush proclaimed a call to action to make the city great again. However, since then the only progress seems to be a confusing patchwork of regulations, plans, and programs, and little action on the ground. Can government help make New Orleans whole again? If not, then who?

After Katrina, Part One  (aired 7/20/2006)
Last summer Hurricane Katrina reminded Americans that death and destruction are not just the domain of terrorism. The images of a flooded New Orleans were to many a symbol of government failure, from city hall to the White House. But what responsibility does government have to prevent and respond when disaster strikes? And are we ready for the next large- scale catastrophe?


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