In the Loop Program Archive
Past episodes of Friday night's "In The Loop" (For Story Slams and other shows, click here)
- What's a "Smart Grid?" What's so smart about it? (with the U of M's Massoud Amin)
- Can social networking sites help in the job hunt?
- We check in with Roman Zagros (of Metro magazine) in Erbil, Iraq about this weekend's elections
- Blagojevich: The final interview
- Tune-age: Thank You For The Stimulation (Download MP3)
- U of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales is back to talk about the failure of the bailout, and how get things right
- The implications of a "urban" president (with the U of M's Ed Goetz)
- Listener-written movie trailers for the next four years
- Our BFF Anna Weggel chats about Oscar noms, depressing movies, and sea bass
- Obama and Lincoln? The musical meeting of two presidents.
- Can fortune tellers succeed where economists fail? Sanden probes the future.
- Can't wait for Tuesday? Have we got a song for you.
- The environmental impact of fighting in Gaza (with UNH prof. Jeannie Sowers)
- The week in crazy science news (with Grant Balfour)
- Bush packs up for the move out of the White House
- Tom Forester, manager of the only mutual fund in the country to make money last year (aside from so-called "bear" funds -- those Negative Nancies don't really count)
- Is NPR's Gaza coverage biased? Two critics on opposite sides of the issue give their (very different) reasons
- How does working under the layoff-cloud affect our work habits?
- A fan-boy's musical prayer for Steve Jobs' health
- Sanden combats his Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Alcoholic at the holidays
- What if you couldn't see the lights?
- Two festive tunes from Jeff & The Smarts
- The public radio world wishes you a Silent Night
- Talkin' TOYS with toy guru Richard Gottlieb of Out of the Toy Box
- Bernie Madoff, meet Reindeer Rudolph.
- Listener Ruth Knapp joins us with some headlines from the world of architecture
- Are college students dreading graduation? You know it. We talk with Steve Rothberg of CollegeRecruiter.com
- Storyteller Dave Mondy reflects on Jesus's sketchy career as a carpenter
- It's our "Cheer You Up" show!
- The plump, red, juicy alternative to heroin (with Loren Stoddard of USAID in Afghanistan)
- A musical tribute to the Shiba Inu PuppyCam
- Apparently, socializing at work is good for productivity (or so says Prof. Sandy Pentland of MIT)
- Political Schadenfreude -- don't it feel good?
- Listeners tell us how they keep their spirits up amid all the bad news
- Obama picks his (basketball) team
- What does Mumbai tell us about the future of terrorism? (We interview Sajjan Gohel of the Asia Pacific Foundation)
- Can Facebook (and MySpace) make enough $$ to survive? A conversation with Caroline McCarthy of CNet's The Social
- We ride back to Detroit with the auto execs
- What the economy does to your brain: An educational film
(As of December 5, 2008 "The Week from In The Loop" became simply "In The Loop")
- An update on the "humanitarian disaster" of low wage workers stranded in Postville, Iowa (with station manager Jeff Abbas of community radio station KPVL)
- The Smarts urge you to "Give a Damn"
- Murray Schweitzer of Consumer Watch on Black Friday, "circular shopping," and swallowing your pride to save money
- Producer Julie Siple tracks down a donated cow
- RECOUNT FEE-VAH! (Have you got it? We got it!)
- Kambale Musavuli of Friends of the Congo helps explain the roots of the crisis there
- Maria Surma Manka of MariaEnergia.com reports on Bush environmental regulations that might not survive a president Obama
- Sgt. First Class Troy Smith and Sgt. TJ Smith give us the soldier's view of following a new commander-in-chief, the Iraqi Status of Forces agreement, and how to talk to a civilian
- Listen from Mission Control as an astronaut loses a very expensive bag of equipment
- China in the hot seat: China expert Daniel Rosen (of the Rhodium Group) on the hopes and expectations that China help resolve the global financial crisis
- Listener (Mandy) Bai Xue returns to share the sentiment from her home country
- Alex Stenback of Behind The Mortgage on whether getting a mortgage is really as tough as we might think
- Obama calls for "sacrifice" -- how did our listeners react?
- Auto industry asks: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
- A new tune to wish the president-elect well (sort of...)
- Editorial cartooning in the Obama era (with Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle)
- An update on the brave little economy of Vanuatu (trust us, it's interesting...)
- Law prof Richard Hasen of the Election Law Blog runs down possible campaign legal changes for 2012
- The emerging conversation among African Americans over Obama's win
- Sanden appears out of thin air
- Nancy Robinson of Iconoculture on what a recession can do to our pop culture.
- A barbershop-quartet-style duel between an undecided voter...and the rest of us.
- Producer Sanden Totten visits two investment clubs with very different attitudes during the downturn.
- What the heck is "Bretton Woods?" Sebastian Mallaby of the Council on Foreign Relations brings us up-to-speed.
- An awesome Halloween election poem by listener Craig Kenworthy (and read by A Prairie Home Companion's Tom Keith).
- Could Hungary be the next country to fall? Erik D'Amato talks with us from Budapest
- Recession-proof: Funerals? Video Games? Porn? Haircuts? Public Radio?
- President Bush: A very personal press conference
- Maria Surma Manka drops by for The Week in Energy
- Civics teacher Susan Marsh joins us to talk about how much her students, er, enjoyed the debates
- "Ira Glass" takes extreme measures for the love of public radio
- Political rhetoric expert Adrienne Christiansen joins us to talk about why the debates are so crappy
- Tanking economies? Huge government intervention? Sanden Totten explores why conspiracy theories are raging
- The Army spells out a new doctrine: nation building's the new reality. We talk with Lt. Col. John Nagl, an authority on the new direction
- Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church explains why he's taking on the IRS to endorse John McCain.
- We give this week's confusing financial terminology the Schoolhouse Rock treatment
- So we've got our bailout. Hooray, right? We talk with economist Christopher Carroll.
- Pirates. Real pirates, and they're bad news (or are they do-gooders?). Rob Crilly gives us analysis from his post in east Africa.
- Jeff's bank is keeping his money safe. Right?
- Aaron Belz and Craig Kenworthy weigh in with instant poetry on the VP debate
- Patricia Phillips, who "bleeds NASA-blue" gives us the "Week in Space"
- Wall Street and Main Street join hands in song
- Two economists -- Berkeley's Barry Eichengreen and U of Chicago's Luigi Zingales -- offer different perspectives on the need for -- and urgency of -- a bailout
- You know who might get screwed by this? Farmers.
- Secret microphones in the candidates' pre-debate dressing rooms. Really. (Maybe.)
- Khalid Omar, on the ground in Pakistan, offers a cheery (not so much) roundup of the gloomy state of things there.
- Monty Python weighs in on the financial crisis. Sort of.
- What goes through your brain in a market plunge?
- Our man Terence on the deal in Zimbabwe
- The Chevy Volt - really?
- Ike Aftermath, with Galveston resident Angelina Harrison and Ben Smilowitz of the Disaster Accountability Project
- The Banker's Dilemma: a commentary from listener Dan Nynas
- Congress back in session: Will they actually get anything done? We talk with Kathryn Pearson of the University of Minnesota.
- Trouble naming your baby? Sarah Palin's here to help.
- Brian Ussery of Blogoscoped.com joins us for The Week in Google (it was a big week)
- The Wall Street Journal's Vanessa O'Connell on new employee management software
- "Too Big to Fail"...sounds like a John Prine song to me
- Spore is coming. The Executive Editor of The Escapist (gaming mag) explains why that's a big deal.
- Why can't they keep a prime minister in Japan? Harvard's Margarita Estevez-Abe has the answer.
- Listener (and neuroscientist) Bonnie Marsick stops by with The Week in Science
- Special ITL satirical karaoke: Republicans cool their heels waiting for Gustav to blow over
- Protest organizer Erika Zurawski and conservative blogger/radio host Mitch Berg spar over disrupting the Republican National Convention
- Celebrities go green. Kind of.
- An Iowa town prepares for an immigration raid...just in case (an interview with Edward Diaz)
- Crows, comics, and robot planes: "The Week in Geek" with our producer Sanden Totten
- "Vote for Me"
- Money and the modern Olympics, with gold medal swimmer John Nabor
- Obama and McCain get the word out on their Veep picks
- Morgan Freeman makes us feel inadequate
- A conversation with Tariq Bashir about uncertainty in Pakistan after Musharraf
- New economic news: Remember the '70s?
- Former diplomat Tom Hanson stops by to consider Week 2 in the Georgia-Russia conflict
- Georgian Andro Dadiani, from Tblisi, on conditions there and the emotional impact of an invastion
- Listener Aaron Lacey gives us the low-down on the Higher Education Opportunity Act, signed this week by President Bush
- Wall Street Journal reporter Dana Mattioli, on how companies are tweaking job descriptions to save money
- Lots of Olympics fun, including a poem from listener Craig Kenworthy
- Think the Russian invasion of Georgia couldn't be put into a song? Think again.
- Why Barack Obama is the new Che Guevara -- has he cracked the "cool" code?
- Phil Lampert of SuperMarketGuru.com talks us through how changing economic times can change our tastes
- An inside look at the opening ceremonies with Amy Hyatt-Blat
- Why does a beef over...beef make South Koreans so mad at us?
- Plus lots of other goodies hidden away for your listening pleasure.
- How do we memorialize the 35W bridge collapse, one year ago today? We ask cultural geographer Kenneth Foote.
- How do they handle memorialization in a country like Israel, which faces it far more than we do?
- Storyteller Vicki Joan Keck takes aboard her bus, a preview of our latest Story Slam
- Political reporter Curtis Gilbert reflects on Rush Limbaugh's 20th Anniversary on the air
- Presidential historial Joseph Ellis gives us some historical perspective on the flurry of "lame duck diplomacy" we're seeing at the moment
- We debut some new campaign ads (really?) based on Obama's overseas trip
- Should athletes wear masks at the Beijing Olympic opening ceremonies?
- Listener Elizabeth Wickoren joins us with The Week in Parenting News
- We wrap up some of the best Obama jokes sent in by listeners
- A long-distance check in with Terence, from his home of Buluwayo, Zimbabwe, about conditions there
- Sanden Totten tries his hand at writing Barack Obama jokes
- Ever heard of a "walk" on the bank? Wharton Professor Itay Goldstein helps explain how it works (and whether to worry much)
- Airline consultant Jay Sorensen explains why the future looks like RyanAir
- A chat with economist Ed Lotterman, who has lived through a recession or two, about what to expect
- Sanden Totten talks with a few folks who find a silver lining in rising gas prices
- Ford and Toby Keith really want to sell you an F-150.
- Twittering Texas Congressman John Culberson talks about using technology to bring voters insider the process (and a possible effort to clamp down)
- Bai Xue joins us to talk about newly stoked Chinese patriotism
- We dip into the dumpster with Jonathan Bloom of WastedFood.com
- What if your gas pump could talk? Surprise: It can
- We join the rest of the media in singing Hillary Clinton off the stage
- Zimbabwe opposition party member Munya Munochiveyi
- Sanden Totten helps us get to know the leaders of Mexico and Canada: What's-His-Name and Who's-His-Face
- Behind the Texas polygamy case with Brooke Adams, polygamy beat reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune
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