Over at Vimeo, Jonathan Jarvis has created a ten-minute film that offers an overview of the credit crisis. If you’ve been struggling to understand what went wrong with the American economy, this will give you some of the basics:

If you’d like more information, I encourage you to carve out time to listen to two radio broadcasts, both from NPR’s This American Life:

Finally, you may want to check out my list of essential reading about the market meltdown. The information is five months old now, but still useful.