Listen, here's what you need to do right now…
Go over to the This American Life website and download their newest episode "Another Frightening Show About the Economy." For the time being, it's a free download, but in a few days it'll skyrocket up to a whopping $0.95. Even if you don't have time to listen to it right now, just download it and save it for a less busy time.
Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson explain — in the simplest, most elegant, most "Oh, I think I actually understand what these words mean" terms I've heard yet — just what exactly is going on with the economy these days and how we all got so jacked up the yazoo. (I, personally, was shocked to learn that it has nothing to do with djinnis or ancient intergalactic demon-gods. Who knew?)
Believe me, you will be smarter after listening to this episode. And — even better — you'll actually get to have some kind of idea about where you're supposed to be hurling your vitriol instead of just at random people on the street. (Although, I'm still pretty sure that one guy in the AC/DC t-shirt had something to do with all this.)
And, if you're really feeling curious, you can even go back to their archives and download "The Giant Pool of Money" from back in May and understand why you're all angry about the whole subprime mortgage debacle.
I'm certain they're getting tons of traffic for this episode already and their bandwidth is probably stretched thinner than Cindy McCain's facial skin, so — if you're feeling generous and not too bankrupty– you might want to consider helping them out a bit.
Or not. I'm just tossing the idea out there.
Tags: Economy, NPR, This American Life