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Fannie, Freddie, And The Sinking Housing Market

Will the housing market ever hit bottom? We’ll look at  still-sinking home prices in Seattle and Atlanta, and White House plans to wind down market makers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

House For Sale (AP)

House For Sale (AP)

We’re still getting used to the new realities of life after the panic and crash of ’08. Above all, maybe, in housing.

For decades, it was Americans’ number one investment and dream.

Now, millions have lost their homes, and prices keep falling. Next up is the unplugging of the two giants that have helped keep mortgage loans rolling for years – and were bailed out in the crash: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. With them could go the 30-year mortgage and a whole lot more. Then what for housing?

We discuss the future of American housing.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Gretchen Morgenson, assistant business and financial editor at the New York Times

Barry Zigas, director of housing policy at the Consumer Federation of America

Susan Wachter, professor of Real Estate and Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

David Streitfeld, financial reporter covering real estate for the New York Times

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Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

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Humanist chaplain Bart Campolo, center, a former Evangelical Christian youth minister, and his wife, Marty, right, mingle with students as they wait for the start of a forum at the University of Southern California, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)

More Americans are turning away from religion. We’ll look at how to live a moral life without it.

 
Feb 26, 2015
This Feb. 20, 2015 photo shows an arrangement of peanuts in New York. (AP)

New breakthroughs on peanut allergies – treatment and prevention. And a question: are we too clean for our own good? Plus: did giant gerbils from Asia really bring the bubonic plague to Europe?

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Our Week In The Web: February
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

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The 87th Academy Awards, As Heard On On Point
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015

Want the inside scoop on who will win big on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards? (Look elsewhere, sorry). But we’ve got great shows on some of the year’s best movies, all right here.

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