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Global crashes in an interconnected economy

Fri, 2015-01-30 08:59

People crash. So do companies. And stock markets. And, occasionally, entire countries.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, which means that when one country crashes financially, there's a genuine risk that we could end up with a regional, or even a world-wide pileup.

We wanted to find out how likely a crash of epic proportions is, so we turned Paddy Hirsch, Senior Editor and resident explainer at Marketplace. He spoke with Marketplace Weekend about the global economy. So is it really all that fragile?

Meteorologist Gary Dobbs: Living through a tornado

Fri, 2015-01-30 08:40

A traumatic crash can be a very personal, deeply transformative moment, an event where life's momentum stops and your reality is changed.

How do you move forward? How does it affect the way you look at things? Gary Dobbs dealt with that first hand.

For 31 years, he worked as a meteorologist at ABC's affiliate in Huntsville Alabama.

In April of 2011, Gary had just gotten home after a long day of covering a tornado outbreak.

With storm warnings still in effect, he laid down to take a nap.

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

Quiz: Reading, writing and citizenship

Fri, 2015-01-30 07:44

A new state law requires high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate.

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