“What bumps Turn of Mind up into the exalted Daphne Du Maurier/Ruth Rendell category of “literary thriller” is LaPlante’s fearless and compassionate investigation into the erosion of her main character’s mind.”—Maureen Corrigan reviews Alice LaPlante’s debut novel, Turn of Mind.
“There really have been very few criminal prosecutions [of companies] and there has been no criminal prosecution of a senior executive from a major bank or financial company related to the financial crisis.”—Louise Story, from the New York Times, explains how guidelines issued by the Justice Department in 2008 have allowed prosecutors to take a softer approach to corporate crimes.
“These penalties are ultimately paid for by Goldman’s shareholders — not by the executives or the salespeople or the traders that actually individually played a role in what happened. [The leaders of Goldman] are still there and they’re all still getting very large bonuses.”—New York Times business reporter Louise Story explains why so few people on Wall Street have faced criminal investigations since the financial meltdown in 2008.
“If Obama the President had had [Barack Obama Sr.] as a father, I think it’s fair to say that he wouldn’t be the President. I think he would have had to wrestle with a neglectful father, an insecure person and someone who probably would have prevented him from following the path he close. In Dreams from My Father, you feel Obama Jr. struggling with [questions like] ‘Who am I? What kind of a man am I? What will I be?’ The person he comes out as is clearly very determined and rooted and responsible person — everything that Obama Sr. was not.”—On today’s Fresh Air, biographer Sally Jacobs explores the reckless and troubled life of Barack Obama Sr.