The Case-Shiller home price index is a powerful way to look at the story of housing in America. You can see the boom and bust all in one simple graph.
But when NPR goes on the radio to talk about home prices, a graph isn’t much good to them — nobody can see it.
They gave the sheet music to Timothy McDevitt, a baritone who’s getting a master’s degree at Juilliard. Then they got Karl Case and Robert Shiller — the economists who created the index — to listen to the music weigh in.