FROM Jennifer McKeown
Greek Austerity and the Spreading EuroZone Crisis One Greek writer says, if you have to choose between death and a bailout, you choose the bailout. But that doesn't mean that life will get any better. With a show of hands in an almost empty chamber, the Greek Parliament today accepted a €107 billion bailout, its second from other EuroZone countries. It also approved a 53 percent "haircut" for private bondholders, in a package that's expected to mean a fifth year of recession. Yet there are widespread predictions that things will only get worse. New austerity measures are more likely to increase unemployment and decrease pensions and public services than produce economic recovery. We hear why so many Greeks are leaving the country and why its problems are so dangerous for the rest of Europe and the United States.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.