American Public Media’s Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report to Mark 75th Anniversary of Black Tuesday with "Crash of ’29" Reports

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American Public Media’s Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report to Mark 75th Anniversary of Black Tuesday with "Crash of ’29" Reports

Broadcasts will include interviews with the last "Titan of Wall Street," Web site offers timeline leading up to the stock market crash, quiz and comparison of stock prices in 1929 and 2004

WHAT: Oct. 29, 1929, is known as Black Tuesday and its impact triggered monumental changes in America’s financial markets — and in America itself. On the 75th anniversary of Black Tuesday, American Public Media’s Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report, with veteran reporter Matt Algeo, examine the story of the stock market crash, its causes and effects and its continuing impact on today’s financial markets. The mini-documentary also asks the question: Could it happen again?


  • First-person accounts from Al Gordon, the last surviving "Titan of Wall Street," who in 1929 was a 28-year-old Harvard Business School graduate working at Goldman Sachs. He’s now 103 and still works in the office three or four times a week. He will explain how Wall Street has changed — and how it hasn’t — since 1929.

  • Reaction from the 75th reunion of the Fond du Lac, Wisc., high school graduating class of 1929 — some of the last witnesses to the crash and its impact in middle America.

Online Features:

  • Beginning, Monday, Oct. 25, the public can take a Black Tuesday knowledge quiz, listen to selected 1920s era music and check out a timeline leading up to the crash at A comparison of 1929 stock prices with today’s prices and archival photographs will also be posted to the site.

TUNE IN: "Crash of ’29" reports will broadcast nationwide during Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report, Friday, Oct. 29. Check local radio listings for the times and stations in your areas or go to

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Fall 2003