The Big Book - Most Recent
Feb 12, 2009
After Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, many residents were quick to rush back. Dan Baum covered New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and talks to Kai Ryssdal about why the Crescent City is so appealing.
Feb 9, 2009
To understand the economic crisis, you may want to grab a book. There are lots of business books available on the market right now. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten, authors of "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time," about which ones you should pick up.
Feb 4, 2009
Robotics and other technologies have had a big impact on how war is waged. Kai Ryssdal speaks with warfare expert P.W. Singer about how technology is revolutionizing war on and off the battlefield.
Jan 27, 2009
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, or mixed martial arts, has emerged from the shadows to become a huge moneymaker. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim about the combat sport's fast-growing audience.
Jan 22, 2009
High on President Obama's agenda is reforming our nation's schools. Kai Ryssdal speaks with author Susan Eaton about the problems with our schools and what can be done to fix them in our economic state.
Jan 21, 2009
At 2008's World Economic Forum, Bill Gates challenged corporations to engage in 'creative capitalism,' or be more socially responsible. Kai Ryssdal speaks with journalist Michael Kinsley about what that entails.
Jan 8, 2009
The best way to avoid getting scammed is to learn from history. Dr. Chris McKenna, who's writing a book on schemers, tells Steve Chiotakis about one particularly bad scammer who affected the world economy in the 1920's.
Jan 6, 2009
Countrywide Financial is arguably the company at the heart of the mortgage financial crisis. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Countrywide's former Senior Vice President of Marketing Adam Michaelson about his experiences at the company.
Dec 26, 2008
Earlier this year, Tess Vigeland spoke with author Margaret Atwood about the importance of trust in keeping the banking system working properly. In this extended interview, she explores whether we will learn from our past credit mistakes.
Aug 25, 2008
Trouble's not new to Caribbean banana growers. Author Peter Chapman chronicles the rise and fall of the company at the center of a lot of that trouble, the United Fruit Company, in his book, "Bananas!" He talks with Kai Ryssdal.