Choosing the best business books

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.
Posted In: Books

Robotics revolutionizes war

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.
Posted In: Books, Science

Mixed martial arts rises in popularity

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.
Posted In: Books, Sports

Fixing our schools in a weak economy

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.
Posted In: Books, Education

What is 'creative capitalism?'

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.
Posted In: Books

Poking a hole in the bubble theory

Jan 14, 2009
Once again the U.S. economy is recovering from the collapse of a financial bubble. Economist Dean Baker, author of "Plunder and Blunder," tells Kai Ryssdal that dramatic ups and downs need not be a part of our capitalist system.
Posted In: Books

Credit markets show signs of life

Jan 13, 2009
Signs point to the credit markets finally loosening up. Scott Jagow speaks with financial analyst Peter Cohan about why the credit markets may be improving.
Posted In: Books

Before Madoff, there was Krueger

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.
Posted In: Books, Crime

A look inside Countrywide

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.
Posted In: Books, Housing

Learning to believe in banks

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.
Posted In: Books, Investing