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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening. That's what we're going for at <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.


#50 Planet Money: Secrets of the Watchmen

June 5th, 2009

Episode 143 of 974 episodes

We're launching our fourth special on This American Life this weekend. The show covers the people and agencies who were supposed to be watching out for the economy, and why all that watching failed to stave off the financial crisis. Chana Joffe-Walt and David Kestenbaum reveal two fascinating bits you won't hear anywhere else. The first concerns Darrel Dochow, a regulator whose tenure stretched from a bank at the heart of the Keating Five scandal to the collapse of IndyMac. The second is about Mabel Yu, a bonds analyst who warned her company to stop buying mortgage-backed securities. Plus, an interview with Jon Swan, one of the Harvard students behind the MBA Oath, and a farewell to our fabulous editor Jonathan Kern, who's retiring. He has some advice for you.

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