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

How the ascent of money led to crisis

Dec 2, 2008
Niall Ferguson, author of "Ascent of Money," talks with Kai Ryssdal about how competition between banks and their drive to boost share prices has led to today's financial mess.
Posted In: Books, Economy

Looking inside the 'Subprime Solution'

Sep 3, 2008
Yale economist Robert Shiller's been watching the real estate market for a long time. He's the author of a new book called "The Subprime Solution." Since that would be a pretty popular thing right now, Kai Ryssdal asked him to explain it.
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Fruit company grew power, problems

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.
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Exploring an era of oil extremes

Aug 6, 2008
The price of crude has reached record per barrel highs just to make sudden startling drops. Stacey Vanek-Smith talks these market extremes with Raymond Learsy, who's written a book about oil and its trends.
Posted In: Books, Oil

Beach Reads: 'Snoop'

Aug 1, 2008
Are there people in your office who plaster their cubicles with stuff like kitten calendars and motivational sayings? Commentator and economist Tyler Cowen introduces us to a book that wonders what all that stuff tells us about those people.
Posted In: Books