Economy

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.

Gas Prices and the U.S. Economy

August 22, 2005

With gas prices approaching $3 a gallon in some cities, the cost of energy is becoming a political issue. A panel of experts discusses the sharp rise in energy costs and the impact on the U.S. economy.

China and the US Economy

June 27, 2005

The recent bid from a Chinese firm to buy American oil company Unocal is drawing attention to the growing role China is playing in the US economy. Diane and her guests discuss what effects this could have for Americans and for the Chinese.

Steven Levitt: "Freakonomics" (William Morrow)

May 4, 2005

Diane talks with a University of Chicago professor who uses the tools of economics to debunk conventional wisdom on crime, primary education, gun safety, real estate, and many other facets of everyday life.

The Stock Market and the Economy

April 25, 2005

Earnings reports, new wage figures, a decline in unemployment insurance claims, inflation fears, and a pickup in manufacturing are all feeding dramatic gains and drops in the stock market. A panel talks about what the ups and downs really...

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

March 29, 2005

A series of pension failures in recent years has left the federal agency responsible for ensuring those plans in the red. A panel talks about ideas for strengthening the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and how they would affect...

World Bank President James Wolfensohn

January 18, 2005

After a decade as president of the World Bank, James Wolfensohn recently announced he will step down when his current term runs out later this year. He joins Diane to talk about his recent visit to tsunami-stricken areas of South Asia, and...

Risk in the U.S. Economy

January 13, 2005

The average income of middle-class families has been on the rise for decades, but some experts say the economy that made this possible has also transferred risk from government and businesses to those same Americans. A look at the rewards...

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.

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