March 29, 2017
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Bernstein With a Twist
This is a weekly program with commentary on current issues.
Episode
I clicked to a cable "news" show (I should have just stayed in the kitchen and washed my hair), and heard Bill O'Reilly quiz oil-price expert Ben Mezrich.

O'Reilly: "OK, so who's the guy who sets the world price of oil? Somebody has to set it at $125/barrel, it just doesn't arrive at that number."

Mezrich: "It would be great if there were one such person."

O'Reilly: "Look, there's got to be that one person. If you don't know him, that's fine, neither do I."

A conservative blogger, who holds the view that oil prices are set by markets, auctions, etc., said O'Reilly showed "a startling degree of ignorance." I actually felt embarrassed for the host until the next day. On the way to the gym, I noticed gas was $3.89. On my way back, I decided to invest in a few gallons.

I was punching my ZIP code into the pump's key pad when I heard someone say, "Better hurry."

He wore a lime sweat suit with matching shoes.

"Who are you?" I asked.

"A pump whisperer."
Episode Date: May 9, 2008
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