Editor's note: This item has been updated and reposted. The Planet Money podcast returns on Friday, Jan. 2.
What a year, right? Planet Money launched on Sept. 7, 2008, just as the federal government unveiled plans for taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But never mind four months of crisis.
The National Bureau of Economic Research now says we've been living through a recession since December 2007. I'm trying to remember the moment when I first got worried, when things didn't feel right. I still think it was the day this fall when I took two apples out for family breakfast instead of the usual three -- even though our household income was essentially unchanged.
Drop your own first hints of trouble in the comments, please.