Economy

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  Historian Alan Brinkley on a new ‘New Deal’

Jon Meacham talks with historian Alan Brinkley about President Obama’s ambitious government programs and whether a second New Deal is possible or practical in today’s world of political partisanship.

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  Graying in the suburbs: A Blueprint America special report

A large number of older Americans are living in car-dependent suburbs, but what happens when it’s time to take their keys away? Maria Hinojosa reports.

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  Stacy-Marie Ishmael and Joe Nocera on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

The bipartisan federal commission created by Congress to get to the roots of the 2008 financial crisis issued its final report this week. Stacy-Marie Ishmael, an editor with the Financial Times, and Joe Nocera, a business columnist for the New York Times, speak with Alison Stewart about why it was so hard for the commission to determine who was to blame.

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Boomtown! The great suburban demographic shift

The needs of suburbanites today is very different from those of suburbanites during the great urban exodus of the ’50s, but infrastructure has not kept up. An interview with the Brookings Institution’s William H. Frey.

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Is WikiLeaks driving Bank of America to seize domain names?

Wikileaks is reportedly set to leak five gigs of Bank of America documents, and the company may already be working to protect its image, writes G.W. Shultz.

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  4 questions, 12 thinkers

We asked a dozen big thinkers to share their ideas on how to fix America. Hear what else they had to say.

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Rail politics: Freeways aren’t free either

Governors in two midwest states killed a light rail project, saying it was too expensive for taxpayers. But improving roads instead is going to cost them.

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The year in economy: 5 stories you missed in 2010

From the exclusive banking cabals of Switzerland to the complicated rise of the Chinese consumer, we highlight five important economy stories that got lost in this year’s headlines.

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The Watch List: The foreclosure scandal

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham provides context for the home foreclosure fraud scandal and discusses the latest revelations with Michael Hudson, author of “The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America — and Spawned a Global Crisis.”

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The new poor: Baby boomers in the jobless crisis

A wife and husband in Portland, Ore., who have lost their business are forced to sell off their possessions just to avoid losing their home.

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Hardly working: Steve Brodner on the jobs crisis

As part of Need to Know’s hour-long focus on jobs, editorial cartoonist Steve Brodner wonders why some corporations are raking in big profits, even as the unemployment crisis grips the country and puts people out of work.

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The recession’s silver lining: Young entrepreneurship

The down economy is spurring more students to take the risk of starting their own business.