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Apr 30, 2012

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Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's e-book and college textbook business. Spain sank into recession in the first quarter, while Japan's economy has not grown for the last 20 years. In Oakland, Calif., a handful of 'popup' stores decided to open all at one time, and they have no plans to close. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," once the laughing stock of the theatre world, may pick up a few Tony Award nominations. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Yancey Strickler, co-founder of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com.

Segments From this episode

Kickstarter: D.I.Y. fundraising in the social network age

Apr 26, 2012
Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler on the crowdfunding site's spectacular growth as it strives to stay true to its mission.

Microsoft invests in Nook

Apr 30, 2012
Add another player to the digital textbook market. Microsoft announced at $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook reader.

How much of a problem is Spain's economy?

Apr 30, 2012
Economist Edward Hugh discusses how Spain's economic woes compare to Greece and whether the country is "bailout-able."

From dreams to reality, by way of Kickstarter

Apr 30, 2012
Some 50,000 projects have launched through the crowdfunding site so far. Co-founder Yancey Strickler talks about some of his favorite Kickstarter projects.

Spider-Man show could get Tony nod

Apr 30, 2012
"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" was the laughing stock of Broadway. Until it wasn't.

'Popuphood' aims to bring new business to Old Oakland

Apr 30, 2012
A small business incubator seeks to revitalize a neighborhood in Oakland through a handful of pop-up stores that have no plans to close.

Japan: Over the hill?

Apr 30, 2012
Amid cries of a "lost decade" and economic stagnation, the real Japan looks and feels much different.

Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble’s e-book and college textbook business. Spain sank into recession in the first quarter, while Japan’s economy has not grown for the last 20 years. In Oakland, Calif., a handful of ‘popup’ stores decided to open all at one time, and they have no plans to close. “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” once the laughing stock of the theatre world, may pick up a few Tony Award nominations. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Yancey Strickler, co-founder of the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.com.

Music from the episode

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Vigo Bay Minotaur Shock
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Vigo Bay Minotaur Shock