After Lehman

Bank failures, bailouts strike fear and anger into the heartland

Marketplace Staff Sep 11, 2013

It was immediately clear that the ripple efects from the collapse of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch and Wachovia weren’t going to stop at shores of Manhattan. So Marketplace sent senior reporter Amy Scott and Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland across the country to see how Americans felt about what had just happened on Wall Street. At the end of their journey, in St Louis, Amy and Tess talked with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal about the people they met, the anger they expressed, and their fear about what was still to come.

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