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All Things Considered
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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  • Why Risk Models Failed to Spot the Credit Crisis
    Financial institutions struggling with the subprime mortgage mess all say they conducted "stress tests" to ensure the health of their investment portfolios. But many failed to appreciate the limitations of their risk management models.
  • Ex-Subprime Brokers Help Troubled Homeowners
    During the housing heyday, Wall Street demand for subprime loans created a big opportunity for mortgage brokers to rack up piles of fast money in a thinly regulated industry. But some brokers have found a new calling: helping homeowners through housing nonprofits.
  • Al-Qaida Planner Masri Believed Dead
    A key al-Qaida figure has died, U.S. intelligence officials say. The man known as Abu Obeida al-Masri, an Egyptian, was suffering from hepatitis. He may have orchestrated two of the terrorist network's most recent plots.
  • Singers Try Out for Minor-League Glory
    Across the country, minor-league baseball fans are auditioning to perform the national anthem at games. The Potomac Nationals of Woodbridge, Va., recently held tryouts, where more than 40 people competed for a future spot in the stadium spotlight.
  • In 'Bonk,' Mary Roach Explores Science of Sex
    After tackling the science of death and theories of the afterlife, Mary Roach takes on the nitty gritty of sexual research. Her latest book takes a curious, funny look at what we do and don't know about coital mechanics.
  • Family Affair: Childcare in Post-Katrina New Orleans
    Day care services in New Orleans have been among the slowest segments of the local economy to rebound since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Many parents have taken it upon themselves and formed their own childcare groups.
  • New House Member Speier: A Survivor
    Thirty years after she was left for dead outside the Jonestown compound in Guyana, Jackie Speier has won a special House election in California. Speier was shot five times in an ambush that killed her boss, U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan, and four others.
  • LegiStorm Chief Defends Disclosure-Form Move
    Jock Friedly, founder of the Web site LegiStorm, says he's providing a public service by posting the financial disclosure statements of House and Senate employees who make more than $110,000 a year. Friedly explains why he's making the records available online.
  • Olympic Torch Draws Heat in San Francisco
    San Francisco braces for big street protests as the Olympic torch makes its way through the city. Demonstrators are angry over China's recent dealings with Tibet. The Bay Area is home for scores of Tibetan exiles.
  • Ads for Clinton, Obama Hit Airwaves
    Pennsylvania TV markets are peppered with new ads for Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama. Are they effective? Ken Goldstein, director of the Wisconsin Advertising Project, which tracks political TV ads nationwide, offers analysis.

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