The Madeleine Brand Show for April 27, 2011

Ben Bernanke gives Fed's first press conference

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US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke won't simply be listening this time, instead his words will be closely watched by bankers worldwide.

Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke, is answering questions from reporters in what is the central bank's first press conference ever. He's been preparing for weeks, getting ready to speak in layman's terms and explain what's going on to the general public. Not only is he going to be talking about the country's economic future, but depending on how he does, the stock market could rise, or fall. Jacob Goldstein of NPR's Planet Money joins us.


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