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J.P. Morgan: Not a pussycat.
J.P. Morgan: Not a pussycat. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
On today's show, we tell the creation story of the Federal Reserve — one of the most powerful financial institutions on the planet.
The story includes a 70-year-old man with a bad head cold and a bunch of mistresses, a nation that's deeply ambivalent about a central bank, and a secret meeting at an island with a sketchy name.
Our guests are Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance, and Gary Richardson, Federal Reserve System historian and professor at UC Irvine.
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