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Restoring the heart of Sissinghurst

May 13, 2010
Author Adam Nicolson grew up in Sissinghurst Castle, a popular tourist destination in England. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "Sissinghurst, An Unfinished History," and his quest to restore a farm at his family home.
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When in recession, fad diets reign

May 13, 2010
During the economic hardships in the 30s, exotic diets became all the rage. Diet book author Susan Yager says the same is true today. She explores the phenomenon and our obsession with losing weight with Stacey Vanek-Smith.
Posted In: Books, Food, Health

America's sleep problem

May 11, 2010
Author Patricia Morrisroe talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book, "Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia," whether we're sleeping less than we were 50 years ago, and when America's major sleep problem began.
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Searching for the perfect house

May 3, 2010
Writer and columnist Meghan Daum says she is a real estate addict. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book, "Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in that House," and her search for a home in L.A.
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A change in showing off wealth status

Apr 29, 2010
Social critic Andrew Potter talks with Tess Vigeland about his new book "The Authenticity Hoax," and calls into question why people shop organic, buy distressed jeans and make their own compost.
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What it takes to achieve excellence

Apr 28, 2010
BBC sports commentator Matthew Syed talks with Tess Vigeland about his new book "Bounce," and what lies behind success and excellence in sports and other endeavors.
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A career in staying ahead of the casinos

Apr 21, 2010
Author Josh Axelrad talks with Kai Ryssdal about his book "Repeat Until Rich," how he ended up as a professional blackjack player, and how card counting works.
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Avoiding another Wall Street bailout

Apr 16, 2010
The Democrats' push to overhaul the financial regulatory system could hit the Senate next week. But can Congress prevent another Wall Street bailout? Bill Radke talks to Roger Lowenstein, author of "The End of Wall Street."
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The end of Wall Street as we knew it

Apr 15, 2010
Author Roger Lowenstein talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book "The End of Wall Street," the roots of the financial crisis, and where we go from here.
Posted In: Books, Wall Street

Exploring the ruins of the U.S.

Apr 15, 2010
Usually when people think ruins the mind teems with images of decaying ancient cities all over the world. But the U.S. has plenty of its own ruins to discover. Bill Radke talks to Nick Yablon, American Studies professor at the University of Iowa.
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