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Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, seen here providing his stock response whenever anyone asks him to divulge his secrets of economic prognostication.
Economics professors and analysts around the world have studied theorems, computed derivatives, and crunched numbers into submission, all in the hope of predicting economic fluctuations as adroitly as Alan Greenspan has for the past half century. For years they've all asked, "What's his secret?" Well, it turns out his secret is in the men's underwear drawers of America, as this BPP interview reveals. (Isn't that where most people keep their valuables?)
We spent a good part of yesterday searching for just the right guest to talk to us about Alan Greenspan. We wanted someone who understands economics, of course, but also someone who could shed some light on Greenspan as a person. It turns out the ideal guest was just over the cubicle wall here at BPP HQ. We were pleased to welcome NPR's esteemed science correspondent Robert Krulwich, formerly an economics correspondent for NPR, CBS, and ABC, and someone who has interviewed Greenspan on numerous occasions. Grab a snack and enjoy.