Why we still need librarians

Apr 13, 2010
Google is making the push to digitize millions of books. Will these types of moves render librarians obsolete? Bill Radke talks to Marilyn Johnson, author of "This Book Is Overdue," about why librarians are vital now.
Posted In: Books

Big bets pay off for Jerry Weintraub

Apr 6, 2010
Producer, manager, sometimes actor and philanthropist Jerry Weintraub talks with Kai Ryssdal about his biography "When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead," how he revolutionized the concert business, and wound up working with Elvis Presley.
Posted In: Books

Poaching still an issue in the U.S.

Apr 6, 2010
When we talk about the international trafficking of exotic species, we don't usually think of wildlife being smuggled out of this country. Bill Radke talks to author Craig Welch about the poaching industry in the U.S.
Posted In: Books

The story behind tomatoes in the U.S.

Apr 1, 2010
The tomato is a ubiquitous culinary ingredient. Author Arthur Allen talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book "Ripe," and how tomatoes get from the garden to your kitchen table.
Posted In: Books, Food

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.
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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