The Big Book - Most Recent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.