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Season 3, Episode 3
IFC meets up with former New York Times reporter Charlie LeDuff in his hometown of Detroit, where Charlie moved back two years earlier to work for the Detroit News. Now, the paper’s bankrupt, the Metro Desk is empty and Detroit is being swarmed daily by the national media as the epicenter of America’s economic collapse. In reaction, Charlie takes the Detroit experience and turns it inside out: Detroit isn’t a bellwether, it is America’s future. He visits New York for a tour of a Wall Street trading floor to try to understand how the nation’s financial services community played a role in our country’s current decline. Talking with Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi, we learn how the media, overall, doesn’t understand Wall Street and therefore can’t substantively report on it. In Washington, D.C., Charlie storms into offices looking for answers, finding that the only guy who will talk to him is one U.S. Senator not running for reelection.