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More help for Scott's mom

Jun 26, 2007
A new magazine debuted today devoted to the $7 billion business of getting organized. When Scott Jagow heard about this, only one person came to mind: His mom.

Who says bubbles are bad?

Jun 15, 2007
When economic bubbles burst, a ripple of devastating effects inevitably follows. Investors can lose everything, tens of thousands of workers may lose their jobs. But there's usually an upside says author Daniel Gross, even in the deflating housing market.

Managing 'what's in it for me?' workers

Jun 11, 2007
Author Cam Marston's new book details how Baby Boom managers are having to deal with so-called New Millenials — young workers accustomed to praise who need more motivation to perform even simple job tasks.

The Sushi Economy

May 30, 2007
Over some truly excellent tuna and sea urchin Kai Ryssdal met Sasha Issenberg, author of "The Sushi Economy," to talk about the role raw fish plays in the world's markets and its popularity in America.

'The Price of Liberty'

May 10, 2007
In a new book about how America pays for war, Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Robert Hormats claims Congress and the White House are sidestepping their obligations to pay back their debts. He talked with Kai Ryssdal.

When business entered the New World

May 9, 2007
When The Virginia Company landed more than 100 settlers at Jamestown, Va., 400 years ago, things didn't start off so well. History professor Karen Kupperman talks with Kai Ryssdal about how the company operated.

Globalization, one day at a time

May 7, 2007
In his latest book, economist Daniel Altman looks at a day in the lives of workers and businesses in the globalized economy. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about what works . . . and doesn't.

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Where did your flowers grow?

Apr 16, 2007
Nearly 80% of cut flowers are grown outside the U.S., and a lot can affect the blooms you buy. Host Tess Vigeland looks at the $40 billion cut flower industry with Amy Stewart, author of "Flower Confidential."
Cover of "Flower Confidential" by Amy Stewart

Save Social Security with killer incentives?

Mar 30, 2007
In his recent novel, author Christopher Buckley offers a modest proposal of sorts toward dealing with America's impending Social Security problem — government incentives for suicide. He discusses the idea with Kai Ryssdal.

Consumed with consumption

Mar 22, 2007
Author Benjamin Barber says the American economy has taken a wrong turn toward encouraging consumption — and that's not what capitalism was supposed to be about. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.