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Ben Bernanke: Calm Leader Or Timid Intellectual?

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a huge task weighing on his shoulders. His supporters praise his calm demeaner, while critics say he's been too slow to act. Is he the right man for the job? We examine the mind, personality and resume of this Depression-obsessed economist.

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Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR National Correspondent based in Boston, who's spent more than three decades covering news around New England and beyond.