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US banks have swallowed $300 billion in bailout money, and they’re asking for more. What if the government just took control, broke them up and started over? We hear about options available to the Obama Administration.

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper
Gary Scott
Karen Radziner
Andrea Brody

Main Topic Is Nationalization the Next Chapter in the Banking Crisis?
US banks have swallowed up 300 billion dollars in bailout money and they’re still in trouble. The promise of more federal assistance could be making things worse by creating a sense that government intervention is inevitable—at shareholders’ expense. There’s even talk of nationalizing the banking system. We’ll hear about the few, grim options available to the Obama Administration.

Guests:
Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times (@BCAppelbaum)
Peter Cohan, President, Peter S. Cohan and Associates
Felix Salmon, Reuters (@felixsalmon)
Simon Johnson, former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund

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