Just a day after it appeared that Greece and its eurozone partners had reached a deal, we're back where we've been for months: There are fiery protests on the streets of Athens, the markets and the euro are in turmoil and negotiations are at a tense point with four Greek Cabinet ministers tendering resignations over their opposition to austerity measures.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan talks with host Michel Martin about the settlement reached yesterday between federal and state officials and major banks. It was an effort to address unfair banking practices that led to the mortgage crisis. President Obama praised the deal, but critics say the settlement is inadequate.
The nation's big banks are writing death plans — living wills that spell out how, in a future crisis, they could be safely dismantled. The idea is that the death plans will help avoid another government bailout of the banks.
"You're technically writing your own funeral, down to the color of the flowers" says Dolores Atallo.
When Steven Ketcham met Alexandra Budny's mother, she told him, "I'm going to be your future mother-in-law." There was just one catch: Steven had never met Alexandra. But their parents had already decided that their children were a good match.
Eventually, Steven and Alexandra agreed with that idea. But it took some time — and those early days of their relationship came up when the couple visited StoryCorps to discuss how their parents got them together.
Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 6:41 am
Can you tell the difference between gourmet liver paté and dog food?
I mean, can you tell the difference by taste?
Many of you are probably pretty sure that you could, and also that you could tell the difference between a $100 bottle of a splendid vintage and some $5 schlock, right? But can you really? In a blind taste test?
Job seekers attend a career fair in midtown Manhattan on Feb. 6, 2012 in New York City. In signs that the U.S. economy is recovering, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.3% from 8.5%, its lowest level in three years. However, there are other employment measures to consider.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash, speaks with Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn, Sen. Lautenberg D-NJ, and Sen. Boxer, D-Calif, during a news conference on Feb. 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The news conference discussed the Obama administration's requiring employers to provide free contraceptive in their health coverage.
A woman begs for alms along the Las Vegas strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 11, 2011. U.S. unemployment edged down to 8.3 percent at the end of January. Employment levels are not equal among all demographics.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, speaks as Sen. Blumenthal, D-Conn, and Sen. Boxer, D-Calif, during a news conference on Feb. 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The news conference was to discuss the Obama administration's requiring employers to provide free contraceptive in their health coverage.