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March 30, 2009 Issue

Cover Story

Inside Obama’s Economic Brain Trust

Two months ago, Larry Summers and Tim Geithner were called the dream team. Now, as they veer from crisis to crisis, it’s clear that, while the economic problems are impossible, the politics are even harder. By John Heilemann
On the Cover: Photographs: Ron Edmonds/AP (Summers); Larry Downing/Reuters/Landov (Geithner); Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images (Volcker); Alex Wong/Getty Images (Obama)

Features

Extreme Birth

The fearless—some say too fearless—new leader of the home-birth movement.

In Meredith Whitney We Trust?

The financial analyst is slick, smart, and she sniffed out the sorry state of the banks before almost anyone else. And now she’s trying to, yes, leverage all that.

Intelligencer

Who Is Ross Douthat?

The Times announced its replacement for William Kristol: a young conservative blogger and author.

Affiliations

By placating Republicans, will Bloomberg just stir up populist rage?

Smart Goop

Depression-era health regimens return.

The Neighborhood News

Our roundup of news from around the city.

Leading With the Chin

Obama in Lenoland.

AIG CEO Mortality Table

AIG CEO Edward Liddy found himself trying to soothe Congress last week after the bonuses blew up.

129 Minutes With Isabella Rossellini

The actor-director on the joys of reenacting sea-creature sex.

Lehman’s Taste Futures

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. is trying to unwind its aesthetic holdings.

Back and Forth

The Misshapes’ Leigh Lezark and Nylon’s Dani Stahl talked to Meg Prossnitz about drinking too much.

Relationship Obit: Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond Jr.

(June 2008–March 2009)

Food for Less

Only in the Hamptons would the arrival of a Citarella be considered money-saving news.

Countdown to Curtain

Christina Anderson was about to start her first year at the Yale School of Drama when her play was picked up by Playwrights Horizons. It was in previews last week.

Strategist

Best Bets

A tutoring empire sets up in Manhattan, colorful ant farms, and more.

The Look Book

“When I see women who are dressed immodestly, it’s a little uncomfortable. We’re taught to try to not look.”

My Slope, Your Slope

Two different ways to live in Brooklyn’s South Park Slope.

The Underground Gourmet

A historic Red Hook sandwich shop crosses the river without losing its soul.

In Season

Is it a crime to eat a tomato in March?

Restaurant Openings

Week of March 30, 2009: Paradiso, Tonda, Kajitsu, Vutera, and Baoguette Café.

Make It a Double

Why burger eaters all over town are discovering that two patties are better than one.

The Home-Entertainment Makeover

We asked an audio-visual expert to give an ad exec's system an overhaul.

There’s a Problem With Your Application

A fat bonus used to help with the co-op board. Now it’s a liability.

Culture

Man of Steel

New York City Opera’s charismatic new director has superhuman challenges ahead.

The Movie Review

Duplicity hangs on the charm and beauty of its stars. Goodbye Solo beguiles with two offbeat unknowns.

Talk-show Fatigue

Only one of late night’s white guys is doing anything vital or new.

Pleased to Meet You

Ten new comedians that funny people find funny.

Energy to Burn

Two new gallery spaces (one in Williamsburg) are, if not fully realized, rich in possibility.

Come Again?

Revivals of West Side Story and Blithe Spirit work, more or less—more thanks to two performances.

The Impressionist: André De Shields

André De Shields is back on Broadway in Impressionism.

Agenda

T.G.I.T.

This week, chef Kyle Bailey introduces a Tuesday-night bar menu at Allen & Delancey.

Departments

Comments: Week of March 30, 2009

Readers sound off on Michelle Obama, Arthur Laurents, and more.

The Approval Matrix: Week of March 30, 2009

Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.

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