Anatomy of a Bank Takeover and Praise for Chana Joffe-Walt

I had a realization while listening to Chana Joffe-Walt’s story for NPR about what happens when the FDIC takes over a failed bank.

Listen here for the NPR story or during act two of this longer This American Life version.   Oh, the revelation? 

Planet Money’s Chana Joffe-Walk is just about the bees knees for radio journalism.  It’s not just the pertinent stories, or the interesting angles she takes, but just how amazing she is. 

Her talent and style is intimidating, infuriating, inspiring and makes me just a bit jealous. 

Any time I listen to one of her stories, there is always a moment when she drops a nimble turn of phrase that sounds utterly awkward, as if she (her actual personality and not her reporter’s voice) is the one reporting the story. 

It’s always a weird moment that never fails to catch me off guard, but each time she does it I love her more and more.  Seriously, there’s no way you can not love her.

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