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First broadcast:
Sunday 25 October 2009

Matt Frei presents an insider guide to the people and the stories shaping America today. Combining location reports with lively discussion and exclusive interviews, the show provides new and surprising insights into contemporary America.

Matt Frei examines what some might call the engine of Wall Street: greed. The Obama administration is going after the hefty bonuses paid out in America's financial district, and Matt visits the street itself to get insider scoop from Rolling Stone magazine's Matt Taibbi, The Nation magazine's Katrina vanden Heuvel, and bonus consultant Marc Hodak. We also hear from a man who has been selling New York skyscrapers at a discount.

Americans minds have begun to turn to thoughts of gloom and doom, anghosties and goblins. With the Halloween season upon us, we hear an excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, dramatized for us by Emon Hassan, producer, director and editor of Hassberry Theatre Company.

Adaptation of The Raven radio script by William Spear; narrated by Thos Shipley, with an original score by Kevin Mahonchak.

  • Guest: Matt Taibbi

    Matt Taibbi is an American journalist and blogger. He writes a regular column for Rolling Stone magazine and contributes to several blogs.

    He attracted attention and controversy in July 2009 with an article which claimed that "Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression, and they're about to do it again".

    The Great American Bubble Machine, by Matt Taibbi
  • Guest: Katrina vanden Heuvel

    Katrina vanden Heuvel is the Editor of The Nation. She has been associated with the iconic liberal journal for her entire career, starting as an intern in 1980.

    As well as editing the magazine, she is also its publisher and part owner. Her blog is called The Editor's Cut.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel
  • Guest: Marc Hodak

    Marc Hodak is the founder of Hodak Value Advisors, LLC and is a compensation consultant. In his blog, he discusses the importance of looking beyond the size of the pay packets of top executives, and understanding what those executives are actually worth to their companies and to our economy.

    Marc Hodak's Blog
  • Guest: M. Myers Mermel

    M. Myers Mermel is a skyscraper realtor. Formerly a Morgan-Stanley banker, he now runs a commercial real estate ownership and advisory business.

    There's money to be made in the business of buying and selling office space in Manhattan skyscrapers, and he is the man who knows how it can be done.

    M. Myers Mermel
  • Guest: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

    Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, 'The Money Coach' ™, is a personal finance expert and the author of several books. Lynnette once had $100,000 in credit card debt, before paying it all off in three years and turning her financial life around. Since then, she has appeared on such several TV programs, sharing her success story and teaching millions about proper money management and how to get out of debt and eliminate their debt.

    Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
  • Once upon a midnight dreary ...

    Americans minds have begun this week to turn to thoughts of gloom and doom, ghosties and goblins.

    With the Halloween season upon us, we hear an excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Raven', dramatized for us by Emon Hassan - producer, director, editor of Hassberry Theatre Company.

    Adaptation of 'The Raven' radio script by William Spear. Narrated by Thos Shipley, and with an original score by Kevin Mahonchak.

    Hassberry Theatre Company Facebook page


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