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How fast food became the school lunch

Mar 17, 2010
Sociologist Janet Poppendieck spent some time trying to make sense of how school meals are prepared and served. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book on school nutrition programs.
Posted In: Books, Education, Food, Health

A history of the world's worst car

Mar 12, 2010
The Yugo may be one of the worst cars in history, but it can teach us a lot about the auto industry. Author Jason Vuic talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the 80s car caused a frenzy of excitement, and then horror.
Posted In: Auto, Books

Exasperation with U.S. health care

Mar 9, 2010
Author Lionel Shriver talks with Kai Ryssdal about her book, "So Much for That," in which the protagonist's plans for early retirement change when his wife gets cancer. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about the American way of health care, and putting a dollar value on human life.
Posted In: Books

The money behind making movies

Mar 5, 2010
Columnist Edward Jay Epstein talks with Kai Ryssdal about the economics of making movies and how films are financed.
Posted In: Books, Entertainment

Digging up the real costs of coal

Feb 22, 2010
Journalist Jeff Biggers talks with Kai Ryssdal about his book, "Reckoning at Eagle Creek," the myth of clean coal, and why it's the new tobacco.
Posted In: Books

The big money behind college sports

Feb 18, 2010
Mark Yost, author of "Varsity Green," talks with Kai Ryssdal about some of the corruption that occurs in college sports.
Posted In: Books, Sports

The genesis of popular music in the U.S.

Feb 15, 2010
The music industry has a long history of selling sound, but it hasn't always been harmonious. Author David Suisman talks with Bob Moon about the early days of popular music.
Posted In: Books, Entertainment

A storyteller's take on finance

Feb 4, 2010
Fiction writer John Lanchester talks with Kai Ryssdal about his book, "I.O.U.," and the true-life story about what has happened to the global banking system over the past few years.
Posted In: Books

Taking on the job of a migrant worker

Feb 2, 2010
Author Gabriel Thompson talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "Working In The Shadows," and his experiences being employed in jobs on the bottom rung of the economic ladder.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

What prices really mean

Jan 22, 2010
Pricing mechanisms for virtually everything in our economy are tilted in favor of sellers. William Poundstone, author of "Priceless," talks with Kai Ryssdal about why we pay what we pay for items.
Posted In: Books