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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

Markets move on human psychology

Mar 24, 2009
How does human psychology drive the economy? Marketplace's Bob Moon explores the question with Dr. George Akerlof and Dr. Robert Shiller, who seek to answer this question in their new book, Animal Spirits.
Posted In: Books, Wall Street

It's unethical not to give in recession

Mar 23, 2009
In a downturn, it can sometimes be easy to forget about the poor. Kai Ryssdal speaks with bioethicist Peter Singer about why he believes we should give even more during a recession.
Posted In: Books, Charity

Detroit's not feeling so alone anymore

Feb 26, 2009
Luke Bergmann, author of a book about Detroit, says the Motor City has reason for optimism: After years of feeling alienated from the rest of the country, it now shares in many of the nation's economic concerns. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books



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