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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.
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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

Cost of digital media so cheap it's free

Jul 23, 2009
Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, and author of "Free: the Future of a Radical Price," talks to Kai Ryssdal about pros and cons of giving away media online for free. His critics say it's killing print media, but Anderson shares his rebuttal.
Posted In: Books, Internet

What can be done to stop world hunger

Jul 8, 2009
The Wall Street Journal's Roger Thurow, co-author of the book "Enough," talks with Kai Ryssdal about why the markets may be impeding getting food to poor countries, and what may help.
Posted In: Books, Charity, Food

The untold costs of discount prices

Jul 6, 2009
Author and Atlantic correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell talks with Kai Ryssdal about the hidden costs of U.S. discount culture and how many consumers don't understand how prices are set.
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Reading 'Between the Assassinations'

Jun 25, 2009
Man Booker Prize-winning author Aravind Adiga's new book "Between the Assassinations" looks at life in India in the 1980s, prior to the economic reforms of the following decade. Kai Ryssdal talks to Adiga about his second novel.
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Exploring the rational market theory

Jun 16, 2009
Time's Justin Fox talks with Kai Ryssdal about why so many people once believed in the rational market theory, which suggests that the stock market knows what it's doing and is always right, and what the next economic model might look like.
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How Vans got off on the right foot

Jun 15, 2009
Vans has long been the footwear of choice for skateboarders, but it didn't start that way. Kai Ryssdal visits the company's Southern California headquarters and talks with author Doug Palladini about how the shoes caught on.
Posted In: Books, Retail

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