90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Economy 2011: Shiller & Siegel Debate Recovery, Double Dip

Economists Robert Shiller and Jeremy Siegel look at the road ahead for the U.S. economy.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP)

Judge by the New Year’s first day on Wall Street, and it looks like everything’s coming up roses for the U.S. economy.

The Dow is at a two-year high and animal spirits are back in gear. Economists are projecting maybe 4 percent growth this year – and that’s way up, too. Manufacturing firms are revving. Companies are loaded with cash. OK. Here we go.

Or do we?

Lots of people aren’t in the stock market. Lots of people don’t have jobs. Home foreclosures are still grinding along. Is this the year of the economic comeback?

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University. He’s co-author, with economist Karl Case, of the Case-Schiller home price index, the most widely cited database of housing prices in the U.S. Co-author of the new book, “Reforming U.S. Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank.” You can also watch Professor Shiller’s Yale course on financial markets online here.

Jeremy Siegel, professor of finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He’s author of “The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and True Triumph Over the Bold and the New” and “Stocks for the Long Run: The Definitive Guide to Financial Market Returns and Longterm Investment Strategies,” now in its updated fourth edition.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Mar 3, 2015
A group of community activists in San Francisco, CA celebrate that city's February 2014 embrace of the Fair Chance Campaign's efforts to alter background checks on employment and housing for convicted criminals. (Courtesy All of Us Or None)

Is it time to stop asking job applicants if they’ve been convicted of a crime? We’ll look at employment and unemployment after prison.

Mar 3, 2015
This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. Breakfast habits in America are changing, leading to dramatic shifts in business strategy. (AP)

Food guidelines are changing. So is what we eat for breakfast. Cereal? Out of favor. Eggs? Maybe OK. And all kinds of new menus. We’ll look at Americans and breakfast.

RECENT
SHOWS
Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

 
Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Answers To Your Questions On Black Holes
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015

Yale University’s Priyamvada Natarajan answers your black hole questions in full. (Well, most of them.)

More »
Comment
 
Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

More »
Comment