07/30/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents looks at the history of US financial crunches. It’s easy to recall the recession of 2008 or the 1929 stock market crash, but there have been many more panics, and they’ve all revolved around consumer, state and federal defaults. We’ll speak with Scott Reynolds, author of A NATION OF DEADBEATS: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters. The first U-S financial crisis was in 1792.
02/19/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with Princeton University economics professor and Wall Street Journal columnist Alan Blinder. How did the worst economic disaster in post-war American history occur? The US financial system, he says, was far too complex and unregulated for the public good. Blinder has written AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED: The Financial Crisis, the Response and the Work Ahead. Links http://www.princeton.edu/~blinder/