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In a move to reverse a prolonged housing and credit crisis, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced yesterday that it is taking over conservatorship of the nation's two largest mortgage lenders, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Originally founded as government agencies, the two companies are now privately run and together comprise more than fifty percent of the mortgage market. Will this drastic effort counter the plunging housing market, which government officials say could lead to financial turmoil here and abroad? * Jennifer Zuccarelli, spokesperson for the U.S. Treasury Department. * Thomas Davidoff, Professor of Business, U.C. Berkeley's Haas Real Estate Group. * Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Member of the House Committee on Financial Services.
Larry and critics Wade Major, of CityBeat and boxoffice.com, and Claudia Puig, of USA Today, review some of the week's new films including "Red," "Ping Pong Playa," "Mister Foe," "Momma's Man," "A Girl Cut in Two," and "I Served the King of England." Larry also talks with Jean Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media about the Telluride Film Festival.
David Lazarus and critics Wade Major, of CityBeat and boxoffice.com, and Claudia Puig, of USA Today, review some of the week's new feature films including "Traitor," "Hamlet 2," "The Rocker," "The Longshots," "Death Race," and "The House Bunny," and the documentaries "I.O.U.S.A.," and "Trouble the Water." And, critic Peter Rainer also discusses the Montreal Film Festival.
Larry and critics Andy Klein, of CityBeat, Henry Sheehan of henrysheehan.com, and Charles Solomon, of amazon.com review some of the week's new feature films including Tropic Thunder, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Fly Me to the Moon, and Henry Poole is here, among others.
Larry and critics Jean Oppenheimer, of Village Voice Media, and Claudia Puig, of USA Today, review some of the week's new feature films including "Elegy," "The Pineapple Express," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2," "Sixty Six," "Bottle Shock," "Transsiberian," and the documentary "Man on Wire."
Larry and critics Lael Loewenstein of Variety and Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor review some of the week's new feature films including "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Swing Vote," "Frozen River," and the Czech film, "Beauty in Trouble." Then, Larry takes listener calls on guilty cinematic pleasures. Finally, he speaks with Laura Winter, co-director of the documentary "Baghdad High."