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Meet the Maes: Whiteboard explores the Mae family tree

Mar 31, 2011
Paddy Hirsch returns to the Whiteboard to explain the history of the Mae Family Tree. The fate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-spo...
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, video
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Anatomy of a State Budget, Now Try to Balance It

Feb 9, 2011
If you're curious what it takes to keep a state budget balanced this amazing visual explainer from infographic-star Jess Bachman of JessNet break...
Posted In: Economy, infographic, state budget
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U.S. Employment Picture at a Glance

Feb 4, 2011
CORRECTED 3/4/2011: This illustration has been updated to display the correct number of employed Americans who work part-time (shown in light gre...
Posted In: bureau of labor statistics, infographic, Jobs, Unemployment
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VIDEO: A history of wealth and lifespan visualized

Jan 26, 2011
Special thanks to LA comedian and Office star Rainn Wilson for pointing us to this amazing video explainer from the BBC via his hilarious Twitt...
Posted In: explainer, history, visualization, world economy
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Spotting a double-dip recession

Jan 18, 2011
While fears of a double-dip recession have receded in the U.S. for now, there's still some talk about a double-dip recession striking other markets around the world. Paddy Hirsch explains what a double dip is, and what it might look like.
Posted In: recession, double-dip
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The ideal explainer

Jan 12, 2011
Tristan Harris of Apture asked me an interesting question yesterday: what makes a good explainer?...
Posted In: explainer
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Reader Question: Bonds, yields, and Hershey bars

Dec 9, 2010
A Whiteboard watcher wrote in this week, saying she watched the Whiteboard video on the Fed buying bonds (Uncle Ben Goes Shopping), but still wasn...
Posted In: bonds, The Fed, yields
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Enlightenment, anyone?

Dec 7, 2010
I love the way good ideas sometimes seem to just float around, waiting to be pulled down and prototyped. I pitched my "explainer archive" to the...
Posted In: explainer, ProPublica
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VIDEO: Quantitative Easing Explained

Nov 16, 2010
What does that mean? What does that mean? What does that mean? QE2 explained. Sort of! Created by: Omid Malekan
Posted In: quantitative easing, video
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Uncle Ben goes shopping

Oct 7, 2010
The Federal Reserve is trying to stimulate the economy by buying billions of dollars worth of bonds from banks. Senior Editor Paddy Hirsch explains how that's supposed to work.
Posted In: Federal Reserve

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