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The Big Book

What if Florida caused the Great Depression?

by Christopher Knowlton Jan 17, 2020
An argument that Florida's land boom in the 1920s, not the stock market crash, was the real reason for the financial crisis that followed.
Aerial view of the Flamingo Hotel and several yachts in Biscayne Bay beyond, Miami Beach, Florida, 1920s. The Flamingo was built by Carl Fisher and was one of the first large hotels built in the area. It has subsequently been demolished.
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

U.S. markets on track for worst December since the Great Depression

by , and Dec 25, 2018
...and there are many reasons why.
John Moore/Getty Images News

A trio of proposed tariffs echo America's protectionist past

by Sarah Gardner and Scott Tong Nov 13, 2017
Proposed tariffs in three different industries — solar power, appliances and jets — echo the protectionist tariffs that helped deepen the Great Depression.
CESAR MANSO / Getty Images
Trade Off: Stories of Globalization and Backlash

The American protectionism bill that made the Great Depression worse

by Sarah Gardner and Scott Tong Aug 24, 2017
The Smoot-Hawley story you never learned in high school history class.
The Smoot-Hawley Tariff was a protectionist piece of legislation that raised tariffs on over 20,000 imported goods.
Ken Garduno, Illustrator

Greenbelt, Maryland, can't hide its town pride

by Kai Ryssdal and Emily Henderson Aug 18, 2017
Photographer Jason Reblando tells the story of America's historic greenbelt towns.
"Daffodil House" in Greendale, Wisconsin.
Courtesy of Jason Reblando
The Big Book

How a secret meeting on Jekyll Island led to the Fed

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Oct 20, 2015
Author Lowenstein explains the 'patriotic conspiracy' behind the central bank.
The Jekyll Island Club.
Evangelio Gonzalez/Flickr
Final Note

Remembering Black Tuesday, 85 years later

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 29, 2014
Economic hard times of the past.

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Compared to 150 years of global financial history, this recession could have been worse

by David Brancaccio Jan 9, 2014
If you're someone whose job it is to study global financial crises, you might take a look at the last few years and conclude that while things were bad, they could have gotten a lot worse.

Lessons from the Great Depression, one meal at a time

by Adriene Hill Jul 13, 2012
At nearly 100, YouTube phenomenon Clara Cannucciari has been inspiring viewers with her "poor man's meals."