Maybe you're not a CNBC watcher, you don't read the business pages and that stock market stuff is just beyond you.
You still need to get up to speed on finance and the economy because these days it's at the center of almost everything.
That's why Frontline's "Inside the Meltdown" is such valuable television. It airs on UNC-TV tonight at 9pm.
The program breaks down the causes of the economic crisis/recession/depression, whatever this is. It starts from the near-fall of Bear Stearns, takes us through the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and on to AIG, the (first) government bailout. But it does all that simply, explaining the players, the terms, the connections in language you can understand.
Most compelling is the story of former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a dyed in the wool free-market capitalist who, seeing the truth of what's happening, has to then move to government takeover of a business. Insight into his thinking and his relationship with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke makes this compelling.
You get a sense of the humans behind this numbers story.
BTW: If you want to see another good story about this and you missed Sunday's "60 Minutes" check out this link and find out how Wachovia went under.