Booming and Blooming

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Friday, May 27, 2011

On today’s show we're replaying some of our favorite interviews of the past few months. Yale University’s Vikram Mansharamani explains how he thinks we can spot the next economic bubble—and even know when it’ll burst. Then, Andre Dubus III talks about growing up the son of a famous but absent father, and about his memoir, Townie. Annia Ceizadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad in 2003, and she tells us about life love, and food in a war zone. We’ll also look at how a growing movement of young farmers is trying to change our eating habits.


Vikram Mansharamani, lecturer at Yale University and a global equity investor, explains how to identify unsustainable booms and forthcoming busts. Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst gives an in-depth look at several major booms and busts and shows how to identify upcoming financial bubbles and the tell-tale signs of a forthcoming bust.

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Andre Dubus III on Townie

Novelist Andre Dubus, III talks about his memoir, Townie. It’s an account of growing up with his three siblings and his exhausted working mother in a depressed, crime-ridden Massachusetts mill town. His father, an eminent author and college professor, took the kids out on Sundays, and the clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark. He describes learning to cope with violence, trying to communicate with his father, and how he was saved by writing.

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Food, Love, and War

Annia Ciezadlo gives an account of civilian life during wartime. She spent six years living in Baghdad and Beirut, where she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War is about the hunger for food and friendship in times of war, and she writes about food and the rituals of eating to show a side of the Middle East that most Americans never see.

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The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists

Katherine Leiner talks about the new food revolution and new generation of taking up sustainable farming and focusing on healthy, natural food. She’s joined by Jen Small and Mike Yezzi, who raise heritage pigs at Flying Pigs Farm. In Growing Roots: The New Generation of Sustainable Farmers, Cooks, and Food Activists, she profles farmers, beekeepers, fishermen, chefs, food activists, and cheesemongers.

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