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01-23-15 : Jake Halpern Pushes 'Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld'

Non-Fiction 21st Century Noir

It sometimes seems as if we must erase our memories. The financial fiasco of my formative years was the S&L Crisis. The late, great, straight-shooting William J. Crawford told us during the hearings that ensued that "The best way to rob a bank is to own one." Here we are, some thirty years, and how many crises? later, well into the 21st century, still falling for the same con. Who would have guessed that film noir would be a trickle-down strategy?

Look no further than the superb non-fiction noir by Jake Halpern, 'Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld,' for a toe-tapping tour of America's latest financial underworld.

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NEW!!! 01-23-15: Time to Read Episode 193: Jake Halpern : Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
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01-23-15: A 2014 Interview with Jake Halpern


"...he goes to Las Vegas to this debt-buyers' convention..."
— Jake Halpern

Listen to Jake Halpern for about a minute, and you'll see where the incredible energy in 'Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld' comes from. This is one of those interviews where you'll hear his voice reading the book to you when you pick it up. If you wonder what exactly is meant by "coiled energy," Halpern's voice is a great definition.
01-19-15: A 2014 Interview with David Shields ands Caleb Powell


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"I'm just saying it's a conflict of interest!"
— Caleb Powell

I had so much fun talking with David Shields and Caleb Powell about their book, 'I Think You're Totally Wrong,' that it almost undermined the idea of the book being a quarrel And as an interviewer, these two made my job supremely easy when they weren't making it unexpectedly hard.
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