What can be done to stop world hunger

Jul 8, 2009
The Wall Street Journal's Roger Thurow, co-author of the book "Enough," talks with Kai Ryssdal about why the markets may be impeding getting food to poor countries, and what may help.
Posted In: Books, Charity, Food

The untold costs of discount prices

Jul 6, 2009
Author and Atlantic correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell talks with Kai Ryssdal about the hidden costs of U.S. discount culture and how many consumers don't understand how prices are set.
Posted In: Books

Reading 'Between the Assassinations'

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.
Posted In: Books

Exploring the rational market theory

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.
Posted In: Books

How Vans got off on the right foot

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.
Posted In: Books, Retail

Carmakers can learn from racing rivalry

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.
Posted In: Books, Sports

Success is more likely if you're tall

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.
Posted In: Books

Ways teens can land a summer job

May 25, 2009
Teens looking for jobs this summer will have to compete with people twice their age to find work. Bob Moon talks with Carol Christen, co-author of "What Color is Your Parachute for Teens," about ways to stand out in a downturn.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

More to piracy than 'maritime mugging'

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.
Posted In: Books, Crime

Behavioral economics is catching on

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.
Posted In: Books