The Big Book - Most Recent
Mar 25, 2010
Author Ted Conover talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "The Routes of Man," and how roads are changing the world.
Mar 22, 2010
Reporter Charles Bowden, author of "Murder City," talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the Mexican border town of Juarez became caught up in drug violence, and what responsibility the U.S. has to help.
Mar 18, 2010
Frank Koller talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book "Spark," and manufacturer Lincoln Electric's unique program that promises workers won't get laid off for economic reasons if they meet the company's performance standards.
Mar 18, 2010
If you're a graduating medical student, today is a day of destiny for you. On Match Day, med students find out where they will learn how to be doctors. Bill Radke talks to Brian Eule, who wrote a book about the secretive matching process.
Mar 17, 2010
Sociologist Janet Poppendieck spent some time trying to make sense of how school meals are prepared and served. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book on school nutrition programs.
Mar 12, 2010
The Yugo may be one of the worst cars in history, but it can teach us a lot about the auto industry. Author Jason Vuic talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the 80s car caused a frenzy of excitement, and then horror.
Mar 9, 2010
Author Lionel Shriver talks with Kai Ryssdal about her book, "So Much for That," in which the protagonist's plans for early retirement change when his wife gets cancer. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about the American way of health care, and putting a dollar value on human life.
Mar 5, 2010
Columnist Edward Jay Epstein talks with Kai Ryssdal about the economics of making movies and how films are financed.
Feb 22, 2010
Journalist Jeff Biggers talks with Kai Ryssdal about his book, "Reckoning at Eagle Creek," the myth of clean coal, and why it's the new tobacco.