Picks and Pans Review: Wall $treet Week
PBS (Fridays, 8:30 p.m. ET)
Louis Rukeyser is the one video financial wizard who seems to have a sense of humor about money. He's an odd fellow with a George Washington haircut and a lopsided smile. He loves alliterations (calling bond marketers "mangy monetary morticians") and puns. He read a letter from an artist just so he could talk about framing questions that won't get the brush-off with sketchy answers. On each show, Rukeyser summarizes the week's business news with a wry grin, then questions his regular experts—not letting them spout too much bull about bullish markets. They then all move to cushy couches and talk to a special guest who's escorted into Rukeyser's paneled studio/office by a woman who never says anything. She seems to be this high-brow Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White. Wall Street Week is the slickest, most entertaining, most informative and probably the most honest of the financial shows. Rukeyser seems to know that everybody is only guessing—that finance is just a game. But it's a game he enjoys.
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