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Los Angeles' art has imitated its life

Oct 8, 2009
John Buntin, who writes about the 20th-century relationship between organized crime and the Los Angeles Police Department in "L.A. Noir," takes Kai Ryssdal on a tour of the city's downtown and points out things that haven't changed much.
Posted In: Books

Why oil may be a cursed resource

Sep 29, 2009
Journalist Peter Maass talks with Kai Ryssdal about his book, "Crude World" and the disadvantages that come with having a lot of oil.
Posted In: Books, Oil

Gen Y swings its purchasing power

Sep 24, 2009
Today's young adults have a great deal of spending power. Steve Chiotakis talks to author Kit Yarrow, whose book "Gen Buy" explores how teens and 20-somethings are spending their money and shaping retail.
Posted In: Books

Pop art prices pop!

Sep 16, 2009
Author Richard Polsky talks with Kai Ryssdal about his book, "I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon)," and how the art bubble popped in 2008.
Posted In: Books

Women are key to ending poverty

Sep 15, 2009
Authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn talk with Kai Ryssdal about their book, "Half the Sky," and why more aid should be targeted to women so countries can be lifted out of impoverishment.
Posted In: Books, Charity

Why we love or hate our work

Sep 7, 2009
Alain De Botton, author of "The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work," talks with Tess Vigeland about our modern relationship with work and how occupations help shape our identities.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

Why digital is good for music

Aug 31, 2009
Greg Kot, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the wired generation has revolutionized music through the digital platform.
Posted In: Books

Drawing close in times of disaster

Aug 27, 2009
One bright spot that tends to emerge out of calamity is a renewed sense of community. Author Rebecca Solnit's book explores how this trend emerged in five disasters, including Hurricane Katrina. She talks to Tess Vigeland.
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Better medical diagnoses, lower costs

Aug 24, 2009
There's no shortage nowadays of ideas for how to bring down the high cost of medical care. Dr. Lisa Sanders says we ought to be looking more at the point where patients first enter the medical system. She talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Health

How presidents handled health care

Jul 30, 2009
Brown University professor James Morone talks with Kai Ryssdal about how different presidents have dealt with health care, and lessons President Obama can learn.
Posted In: Books, Health

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