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Feb 2017 · The Economy
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Jim Zirin speaks with Sebastian Mallaby.

Alan Greenspan served as Federal Reserve Chairman from 1987 to 2006, succeeding Paul Volcker. For many, he was the undisputed architect of American prosperity. For others, he was to blame for the 2008 financial crisis. Sebastian Mallaby, author or an extraordinary biography entitled, The Man Who Knew–The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, tells Jim that, while Greenspan saw the handwriting on the wall in the early 2000s, he failed to take the action needed to avert the crisis.

Oct 2013 · The Economy
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Jim Zirin speaks with Martin Wolf.

Congress approved an 11th-hour deal to raise the debt ceiling, in the face of dire threats that not to do so would bring down the global economy. But, instead of resolving the crisis, the lawmakers merely kicked the can down the road four months. Financial Times chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, tells Jim that the US debt ceiling is “the legislative equivalent of a nuclear bomb aimed by the US at itself.”

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