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Talk of the Nation

Neal Conan leads an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape.

The "Great Recession," like downturns before it, has wreaked havoc on many American households. Author Don Peck says many families and communities will feel the pinch long after the economy recovers. Crown Trade Publishing hide caption

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Downturns Can Leave Americans 'Pinched' For Years

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In a scene from the 1996 film Independence Day, the White House comes under attack by aliens from outer space. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Summer Movies: Pick Your Favorite Apocalypse

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Talk of the Nation

Neal Conan leads an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape.