Economy

Housing Market

January 5, 2006

The booming real estate market, fueled by low interest rates, has helped sustain strong economic growth for the past 5 years. But some fear rising interest rates will slow housing growth. A look at the future of the U.S. housing market.

Minimum Wage

January 4, 2006

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have set minimum wages above the federal rate of $5.15 per hour. Many other states are said to be considering a hike. We'll talk about minimum wage rates across the country and implications...

The Future of Newspapers

January 3, 2006

Newspapers face online competition and falling circulation, Wall Street pressure for profits, and fallout from recent journalism scandals. Where does their future lie?

Robert Parker: "The World's Greatest Wine Estate" (Simon & Shuster)

December 16, 2005

A renowned wine critic provides a tour of the greatest wineries around the world. He explains what makes a wine great and offers insider tips for ordinary wine-lovers who want to get their hands on extraordinary bottles.

Eric Weiner: "What Goes Up" (Little, Brown)

December 7, 2005

A look at Wall Street from the perspective of bankers, CEOs, brokers and crooks.

Pension Plans and Retirement Security

November 30, 2005

Millions of older Americans have lost pension benefits promised by their employers. A look at how corporate risk taking, legislation, and the stock market have undermined financial security for retirees

Patricia Aburdene: "Megatrends 2010" (Hampton Roads)

November 14, 2005

A best-selling author challenges conventional wisdom about the relationship between greed and capitalism. She highlights seven trends transforming our free enterprise system into something more spiritual and values oriented.

Benjamin Friedman: "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth" (Knopf)

November 10, 2005

A look at economic growth and globalization. Mr. Friedman explains how broadly distributed economic growth offers benefits aside from material prosperity.

Steven Watts: "The People's Tycoon" (Knopf)

October 18, 2005

Henry Ford put America on wheels when he introduced the mass-produced Model T. A new biography explores his complicated life and how he helped create our modern consumer culture.

Barry Lynn "End of the Line" (Doubleday)

August 22, 2005

The former editor of "Global Business" magazine outlines the risks of globalization and offers solutions to strengthen the American economy.

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