Question: What was the Greek quote and the correct interpretation of it at the end of your report on Aug. 11? It went by too fast and a number of friends would like to have it! Something about having fun when you’re going broke. Many thanks.
Paul Solman: Thanks for this question, which allows me to remind viewers like you that every NewsHour story since about 1995, including several hundred of ours, is up on the web. You can start at www.pbs.org/newshour/ and go to the search box or simply Google a few relevant words. I just this minute Googled “Solman August 11 NewsHour” and the story you ask about was the first result: Olives and Omens: Did Greek Cuisine Portend Economic Problems? The quote, translated from the Greek: “When you’re going broke, it’s best to have a great time.”
I should add that this same story and many of ours from the past year or more are easily available for teachers (and students) of economics, with relevant questions and even, occasionally, lesson plans. One location is the NewsHour’s Extra. But perhaps even easier, at the moment, is EconEdLink.org, the website of the Council on Economic Education. Halfway down on the home page is a link to a story of ours under the heading “Making Sen$e with Paul Solman.” (Indeed, as I write this, the story happens to be the one from August 11.)
If you click on the story, it not only links directly to the NewsHour video of the story, but if you click on the story, it will take you to CEE’s very own Making Sen$e page, which provides questions and answers for teachers to use in conjunction with the video. Also, in the paragraph below the video window, there are links to 80+ of our NewsHour economic stories, all now accompanied with questions and answers for classroom or homework use.
We love to hear comments from teachers on how useful this site is, and how to make it even more so. Our ambition is to provide teachers, via this site, with the most useful tools we can find for teaching economics. We’ll be developing it as we go. It’s easiest to start with our own. But we welcome any suggestions as to really great (clear, accurate, zippy, amusing) software and/or lesson plans out there.