WBEZ | Greek debt crisis http://www.wbez.org/tags/greek-debt-crisis Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Craig Wright: Don't just blame the Greeks for their debt crisis http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/craig-wright-dont-just-blame-greeks-their-debt-crisis-99687 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Greek%20Debt%20%28ap.Thanassis%20Stavrakis%29.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 209px; " title="A woman passes in front of chart with the stock prices at the Greek Stock Exchange in Athens, Monday, May 7, 2012. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)" />There&#39;s a big debt crisis going on in Greece right now, one that so few people really understand that <em>This American Life</em> even teamed up with <em>Planet Money<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/455/continental-breakup"> </a></em><a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/455/continental-breakup">for a whole episode to explain it</a>.</p><p>But you can skip that hour (sorry <em>TAL</em>!) because screenwriter and playwright Craig Wright&nbsp;has a shorter explanation of what&#39;s happened in Europe. And, he&#39;s aiming for German Chancellor Angela Merkel: &quot;It&#39;s not that you can&#39;t blame the Greeks. But don&#39;t you have to acknowledge, Angela, the forces that you fed into their current insufficiencies, especially since they have so much to do with you?&quot; Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>So I wanted to talk today about the Greek debt crisis. When I looked at the news this week </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> and I don&#39;t look at the news that often, so this is really big </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> I noticed that the Germans had decided that the best way to deal with the current economic paranoia in Europe was to throw the Greeks out of the European Union.</em></p><p><em>Which many of you probably don&#39;t know, and so I looked it up: In <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/greece/index.html">a summary on the </a></em><a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/greece/index.html">New York Times</a><em><a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/greece/index.html"> website</a> provided by Peter Poulos, the genesis of the Greek debt crisis was that they sort of binged on debt for the past decade and then in 2009 it all fell apart. And then the EU constructed two giant bailouts, when then created a bunch of internal unrest inside of Greece which then took the government down, so now the people of Greece no longer want to do the bailouts that the EU arranged, and so the Germans decided that the best thing to do was to kick them out.</em></p><p><em>This whole summary of the situation was written, I think, by Peter Poulos. It&#39;s not credited to him, but its sitting next to a picture of him next to a slideshow link where you can see all the cool vintage stuff hes bought in Athens while he&#39;s been stationed there.</em></p><p><em>Now you have to really appreciate </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> or hate </em><em>&ndash;</em><em> the irony or lack thereof of the </em>New York Times<em>, to put his sort-of shopping spree link next to his account of a giant economic global disaster. That being said, no one appreciates an amphora more than me so...Opa!</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/craig-wright-dont-just-blame-greeks-their-debt-crisis-99687 As Greece struggles, new museum showcases Hellenic culture from ancient Athens to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/greece-struggles-new-museum-showcases-hellenic-culture-ancient-athens-ch <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/New_National_Hellenic_Museum_during_the_day.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The National Hellenic Museum opens its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday. The museum, located on Halsted Street in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood, showcases everything from antiquities to the contemporary Greek-American experience.</p><p>The opening comes at a time when Greece has dominated international headlines for catalyzing the European debt crisis. Attorney Endy Zemenides is the executive director of the <a href="http://www.hellenicleaders.com/" target="_blank">Hellenic American Leadership Council </a>and the legal counsel for the <a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/" target="_blank">The National Hellenic Museum</a>. He explains what the museum means for the Greek-American community at a time of instability for Greece.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 18:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-09/greece-struggles-new-museum-showcases-hellenic-culture-ancient-athens-ch Worldview 12.9.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-08/greece1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Roughly 350,000 Bahá’ís live in Iran. <em>Worldview</em> speaks with Glen Fullmer, national spokesperson for the Bahá’í in the U.S., about the oppression, disappearances and human rights violations against the Bahá’í of Iran. As Europe's economic crisis continues, E.U. integration for Balkan nations seems to be losing its luster. Marko Prelec, a Balkan expert with the <a href="http://www.crisisgroup.org/" target="_blank">International Crisis Group</a>, tells <em>Worldview </em>what this could mean for the fragile region. The <a href="http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/" target="_blank">National Hellenic Museum</a>, located in the heart of Chicago’s "Greektown," opens its doors to the public for the first time tomorrow. Endy Zemenides, executive director of the <a href="http://www.hellenicleaders.com/" target="_blank">Hellenic-American Leadership Council</a>, explains the museum's significance to Greek Americans and discusses the community's reactions to the economic crisis in Greece. And, film contributor <a href="http://www.wbez.org/contributor/milos-stehlik" target="_blank">Milos Stehlik</a> reviews Pedro Almodovar’s new film <em>The Skin I Live In</em>.</p></p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-12911