James Scurlock: "Maxed Out" (Scribner)

March 7, 2007

Filmmaker and writer James Scurlock explores the lending industry and the consequences of excessive consumer debt.

William Vollmann: "Poor People" (ECCO)

March 6, 2007

Social critic and author William Volllmann traveled the world asking one question of the people he met who lived in poverty: Why are you poor? Some of the answers he received were expected, others were not. In the end, Vollmann doesn't...

China's Rise

March 5, 2007

A look at China's growing economic might and global influence, and U.S.-China policy.

Kathleen Barry: "Femininity In Flight" (Duke)

March 1, 2007

A look at the history of flight attendants - from the early days when flying was a luxury few could afford - to today's world of low-cost, no-frill airlines, and post-9/11 security measures.

Amy Stewart: "Flower Confidential" (Algonquin)

February 8, 2007

An avid gardener and horticultural writer provides a behind-the-scenes look at the $40-billion-a-year international flower business.

Andrew Koppelman: "Same Sex, Different States" (Yale)

November 29, 2006

A law professor discusses which state laws should govern in specific situations as gay couples travel or move from place to place.

Airline Consolidation & Holiday Travel

November 20, 2006

A look at what passengers can expect this holiday season and what airline consolidation could mean for the industry and consumers.

James Kynge and John Pomfret on China

October 6, 2006

James Kynge is the former bureau chief of the "Financial Times" in Beijing. John Pomfret was the Washington Post's Beijing bureau chief. Each has written a new book about life in China. They'll look at the past and talk about the future...

David Cannadine: "Mellon" (Knopf)

October 4, 2006

The eminent British historian presents his new biography illuminating the life of Andrew W. Mellon, the early-20th century business titan and philanthropist who also served as Secretary of the Treasury and was the driving force behind the...

News Roundup

September 1, 2006

A panel of journalists joins guest host Laura Knoy for review and analysis of the week's top national and international news stories.

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