Jan 30, 2012 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the ongoing crisis in Syria, and Freddie Mac bets against homeowners. In the second hour, paying for online news, and on the Opinion Page, Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman predicts Israel's attack on Iran.
Jan 23, 2012 — Just as Republican contenders gather for another debate, the former House speaker releases some information about his work for the mortgage giant. And there's word of another big contribution to a pro-Gingrich superPAC.
Jan 23, 2012 — Newt Gingrich is under attack by his rival GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his consulting role at mortgage firm Freddie Mac. Romney, campaigning in Florida, is calling on the former House speaker to release his contract with Freddie Mac.
Nov 16, 2011 — In about a week, we've gone from Newt Gingrich saying during a debate that he was paid $300,000 to tell Freddie Mac "as a historian" to his firm being paid nearly $2 million by the mortgage-financing giant as a former House speaker to provide strategic advice. There's no telling what added details another week might bring.
May 12, 2011 — A new bill would create private companies to replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But the government would continue to guarantee mortgages.
Mar 30, 2011 — There's widespread agreement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be abolished. But what will the mortgage market look like when they're gone?
Mar 29, 2011 — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac grew too big to fail. Then the mortgage giants followed the subprime lending industry into the abyss.
Mar 28, 2011 — How Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac used ferocious lobbying and implicit government backing to grow rich and powerful.
Feb 14, 2011 — Today on Talk of the Nation, guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with guests about the significance of developments in Egypt, the possible demise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, How We Age and President Obama's 2012 budget.
Feb 11, 2011 — The president and congressional Republicans agree: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should cease to exist. What will replace them is less clear.