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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

Values can shape economic recovery

Jan 15, 2010
We've pinpointed the reasons for the financial collapse, now what can we learn from it? Bill Radke talks to Reverend Jim Wallis, who says re-examining morals can influence a strong economic recovery.
Posted In: Books

U.S. exports its mental illnesses

Jan 12, 2010
America exports virtually every part of its culture, from TV to food. Author Ethan Watters talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "Crazy Like Us," and how we export our mental illnesses, too.
Posted In: Books, Health

Crash course on the auto industry's fall

Jan 11, 2010
Paul Ingrassia talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "Crash Course," how much time Detroit's auto industry has to bounce back from its troubles, and what's next for the Big 3.
Posted In: Auto, Books

Liberal arts job market looks bleak

Jan 8, 2010
Katharine Brooks, director of the University of Texas Austin's Liberal Arts Centers, talks with Kai Ryssdal about what's behind the drop in teaching positions for historians and liberal arts professors.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

How HealthSouth started a fraud

Jan 6, 2010
Steve Chiotakis talks with HealthSouth co-founder Aaron Beam about his new book, "HealthSouth: The Wagon To Disaster," which chronicles the $2.8 billion fraud of HealthSouth co-founder Richard Scrushy.
Posted In: Books, Crime

Making a project to find happiness

Jan 1, 2010
Does money make people happy? Gretchen Rubin has been studying the subject and has written a book called "The Happiness Project." She talks with Bill Radke.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

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