Rebroadcast: Diane Rehm Interviews Sheila Bair

Diane Rehm talks with Sheila Bair, who recently stepped down as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The agency watches over banks and insures deposits. Bair played a key role in the Obama administration's response to the financial crisis that began in earnest in 2008. Bair has been credited with sounding the alarm on sub-prime mortgages. She has also clashed with other regulators - and the White House - and remains opposed to bank bailouts. Reflecting on the tumultuous period she served, she said the FDIC's job is "to protect bank customers, not banks."


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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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WikiLeaks Docs Purport To Show The U.S. Spied On Japan's Government

The documents also allege that the U.S. targeted Japanese banks and companies, including Mitsubishi.