Economy

T.R. Reid: "The United States of Europe" (The Penguin Press)

January 5, 2005

One of America's best-known foreign news correspondents traces the rise of the European Union into an economic, political, and cultural powerhouse poised to rival the United States.

Joseph Abboud: "Threads" (HarperCollins) (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2004

An award-winning menswear designer tells what it takes to succeed in the high-stakes world of fashion.

Barry Schwartz: "The Paradox of Choice" (Ecco)

December 22, 2004

Anyone who's just been to a shopping mall can tell you that there is such a thing as "too much choice." A psychology professor explains why it can sometimes be a better thing to have fewer options.

Joseph Abboud: "Threads" (HarperCollins)

November 10, 2004

An award-winning menswear designer tells what it takes to succeed in the high-stakes world of fashion.

Laurence Meyer: "A Term At The Fed" (Harper Business)

August 20, 2004

A former member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve explains the inner workings of one of the country's most powerful institutions.

Oil Prices

August 17, 2004

The price of oil has been skyrocketing and Americans are definitely noticing. We'll take a look at how factors in Russia, Venezuela, the Middle East and elsewhere are driving up the cost of oil.

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

August 11, 2004

Ambassador Josette Sheeran Shiner, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, joins Diane to talk about free-trade, outsourcing, and the Bush Administration's trade polices.

Peter Peterson: "Running on Empty" (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

August 10, 2004

A longtime leader in business, economics and government talks about the long-term effects of our ever-growing federal budget deficit.

James Surowiecki: "The Wisdom Of Crowds" (Doubleday)

July 7, 2004

Some people equate crowds with mindless mobs. But financial journalist James Surowiecki says large groups of people are often smarter than an elite few. He explains how collective wisdom shapes business, economies, societies, and nations.

The Economy and Politics

June 16, 2004

Whatever else is going on around the world, the economy is always the top issue in a presidential election. Economists joins Diane for a discussion of the indicators which could cast the deciding vote this November.

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