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Tracing the impact of roads

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.
Posted In: Books

How Juarez became murder city

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.
Posted In: Books, Mexico

A firm that guarantees employment

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.
Posted In: Books

'Match Day' makes med student drama

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.
Posted In: Books, Health

How fast food became the school lunch

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.
Posted In: Books, Education, Food, Health

A history of the world's worst car

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.
Posted In: Auto, Books

Exasperation with U.S. health care

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.
Posted In: Books

The money behind making movies

Mar 5, 2010
Columnist Edward Jay Epstein talks with Kai Ryssdal about the economics of making movies and how films are financed.
Posted In: Books, Entertainment

Digging up the real costs of coal

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.
Posted In: Books

The big money behind college sports

Feb 18, 2010
Mark Yost, author of "Varsity Green," talks with Kai Ryssdal about some of the corruption that occurs in college sports.
Posted In: Books, Sports

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