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Director Mike Nichols on reviving 'Death of a Salesman'

Apr 11, 2012
"Death of a Salesman" is back on Broadway, this time starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Director Mike Nichols talks about the iconic play's economic resonance today.

The dirty business of consulting in 'House of Lies'

Mar 12, 2012
Actor Don Cheadle and writer Matthew Carnahan talk about their new Showtime comedy series, "House of Lies," which follows the lives and business of management consultants.

Walter Mosley touches on economic injustice, race in 'Shoot My Man'

Feb 9, 2012
Walter Mosley's new book, "All I Did Was Shoot My Man," is more than a mystery novel. Both Mosley and his recurring protagonist, Leonid McGill, take on issues of economic injustice, inequality and the inevitable world of capitalism we live in.

Ry Cooder on the protest songs of today

Aug 29, 2011
Musician Ry Cooder explores a number of genres on his new album, which was inspired by the current economy and the protest songs of the past.

Ghosts of Industry: The Low Anthem's 'Smart Flesh'

May 20, 2011
The Rhode Island musicians channel their home state's industrial past on their new album and discuss why they chose to record it in an abandoned factory.

The human costs of Nigeria's oil industry

May 16, 2011
Nigerian novelist Helon Habila discusses Nigeria's oil industry and whether it can live without the black gold.

Work in literature and in American culture

Apr 22, 2011
Writer Richard Ford talks about writing about work for his new fiction anthology, "Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories About Work," and about the role of work in American culture.

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Landscapes of extraction

Mar 3, 2011
Photographer J Henry Fair captures aerial images of pollution and destruction that result from extreme industrial processes. The images, simultaneously beautiful and horrifying, are meant to be viewed as a commentary on the impact of human consumption on the environment.

Patton Oswalt's perspective: Why a wasteland outlook works for him

Jan 24, 2011
Stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt drops by our studios to talk with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," why a lot of comedians are wastelands, and how Twitter has helped him to become a better writer.

The white-collar struggle in "The Company Men"

Dec 8, 2010
A new film opening this weekend in select cities is offering a view of life that most everyone in America has seen in some way: layoffs. John Wells, the director and producer of "The Company Men," talks to Kai Ryssdal about what he discovered about the recession as he was making the film.