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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

Carmakers can learn from racing rivalry

Jun 12, 2009
Playboy Magazine editor and author A.J. Baime talks with Kai Ryssdal about the great racing rivalry between Ford and Ferrari in the 60s and lessons the U.S. auto industry can learn from racing's golden age.
Posted In: Books, Sports

Success is more likely if you're tall

Jun 10, 2009
Success or failure in life can be attributed to different factors: drive, intelligence and . . . height? Author Arianne Cohen talks with Kai Ryssdal about why tall people are more likely to succeed professionally and financially than others of shorter stature.
Posted In: Books

More to piracy than 'maritime mugging'

May 21, 2009
Professor Peter Leeson talks with Kai Ryssdal about high-seas piracy, and what we can learn about Somali pirates from their 18th century forebearers.
Posted In: Books, Crime

Behavioral economics is catching on

May 19, 2009
A year ago, Dan Ariely's book "Predictably Irrational" was released. Since then a lot has changed, and his book has been expanded. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about why behavioral economists are getting more respect these days.
Posted In: Books

What sets burger chain In-N-Out apart

May 5, 2009
Stacy Perman, author of a new book on the Western U.S. fast-food chain In-N-Out, talks with Kai Ryssdal about what makes the burger joint different from its competition.
Posted In: Books, Food

What's changed since Truman's trip?

Apr 29, 2009
In 1953, Harry Truman packed his Chrysler New Yorker and hit the road. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Matthew Algeo, author of "Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure" about what has changed since the former president's road trip.
Posted In: Books

Focus your attention for a better life

Apr 23, 2009
Author Winifred Gallagher talks to Kai Ryssdal about how focusing your attention can improve your quality of life.
Posted In: Books

Why we spend so much on pets

Apr 8, 2009
How much have you spent on your pet? Kai Ryssdal speaks with Michael Schaffer, author of "One Nation Under Dog," about why Americans spend so much on their pets.
Posted In: Books

A little insight into uranium

Mar 27, 2009
Thirty years ago the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station experienced the worst nuclear power accident in U.S. history. Tom Zoellner, author of "Uranium," talks with Kai Ryssdal about the issues surrounding that nuclear fuel.
Posted In: Books



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