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The Punchline

Marketplace Voice Mail: Bid farewell to Mr. Federal Reserve

Janelle Bitker Oct 18, 2013
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Despite the government shutdown, some official news managed to come out of Washington this week. President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve when revered chairman Ben Bernanke steps down in January.

Shortly before the news broke, The New Yorker published “At Home With Ben Bernanke,” a comic that had us chuckling. It depicts a stiff Bernanke, waiting alone at the dinner table as someone shouts from the kitchen. And it is these charming words that we want to hear come out of your mouth: 

“And if you think that every time you open your mouth around here everyone is going to dance to your tune, you’ve got another thing coming, Mr. Federal Reserve!”

We know some of you are probably brilliantly talented, undiscovered voice actors. So let’s hear it! We’ll compile the best renditions on our brand new Marketplace Voice Mail channel on Audioboo, and we may even use it on air.

Step One: Click the button below to record audio from your device or upload a previously recorded audio file. Include your name and home town in the description.

NOTE: The record button requires that you have Flash installed. If you are trying to record audio on a mobile phone or tablet that doesn’t support Flash, it will prompt you to download the free AudioBoo mobile app first, and use it to record and submit your audio.

Step Two: Once have recorded your audio and played it back for review, it’s time to submit it to our editors and producers. Your audio clip will first go into a moderation queue.

UPDATE, 10/18/2013: And we have a winner! As we wonder whether the government shutdown rattled the Federal Reserve, one anonymous listener rattles at Ben Bernanke. Though we don’t know his name, he says he’s from Flatbush, in Brooklyn — which coincidentally, is the same New York borough Janet Yellen hails from. Hear his message below, and listen to all of the other contenders here.

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