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Episode 505: A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

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Episode 505: A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

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Episode 505: A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

Episode 505: A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

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On today's show, we tell the origin story of the Federal Reserve — the most powerful financial institution 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 on an island with a sketchy name.


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