Is the United States a nation with a fundamental misunderstanding of debt, financing and budgeting? 'Freakonomics' author Stephen Dubner and a number of economics say it is. Dubner looks at how an absence of financial education hurts us during times of economic instability.
The sharp rise in energy prices has pushed states to speed through legislation that allows companies to drill for gas. WNYC's Ilya Marritz and ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten explain the potential environmental consequences of the rush for new energy as New York presses ahead with its plans to tap gas underneath the Catskill Mountains.
Because of recent economic woes, women in their prime earning years are retreating from the workforce, either permanently or for long stretches. That's according to a congressional study released today. The change erases years of gains for women. Guest: Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times
A Miami Herald investigation has revealed that thousands of convicted felons, including bank robbers and people convicted of drug, fraud and grand larceny were allowed to write mortgages, costing state residents millions of dollars. Guest: Jack Dolan, Miami Herald investigative reporter
Violence is a fact of life in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but medical care is not, which is why the aid group, Doctors Without Borders, has stepped in to open the first emergency care clinic in a Rio slum
In the past month, Somalia has witnessed a sharp increase in violence directed at international aid workers, many of them employees of Western organizations, who deliver food and medical relief to the more that 1.1 million refugees living in Somalia. Guest: Jeffrey Gettleman, The New York Times