I have found that I know significantly more than your average joe about the cause of the nation’s financial meltdown. That is wholly attributable to spending one hour listening to “The Giant Pool of Money,” This American Life’s May episode entirely about the topic. I recommend in the strongest possible terms that you listen to this. On the drive back home from Avon, NC today I listened to “Another Frightening Show About the Economy,” TAL’s followup show that addresses the events as they unfolded between May and last Friday. And now, at last, I believe I understand how things took a turn for the worse and why the bailout was necessary. Again, I recommend strongly listening to this episode. There’s simply no other media outlet that is going to dedicate this much time (or ink) explaining what’s happened.