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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate today. The Economist’s Vijay Vaitheeswaran looks at the ways that globalization can be an aid to innovation. Louis Begley discusses Schmidt Steps Back, his new novel about an old character. A History of the World in 100 Objects examines the Lothair crystal. This week’s Backstory segments are about high-frequency trading and about efforts to fight malaria in Cambodia.

 

The New Rules of Innovation

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, correspondent for the Economist, discusses why the benefits of globalization haven’t been shared fairly among all people, and comes up with some ideas for how they can be. His book Need, Speed, and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World's Most Wicked Problems investigates how the extraordinary benefits of the innovation revolution be shared more equitably among all of society.

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Louis Begley's Schmidt Steps Back

Louis Begley talks about his latest novel, Schmidt Steps Back. It picks up 13 years after his last novel leaves off, on New Year’s Eve 2008, the dawn of the age of Obama. Schmidt’s affection for the young president-elect is boundless, and as he imagines a better day for his country, he dares to hope there’s one for him too.

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Backstory: High-Frequency Trading

Bloomberg finance reporter Nina Mehta joins us to explain high-frequency trading.

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Backstory: Cambodia's Fight Against Drug-Resistant Malaria

In late 2008, researchers found a strain of malaria that was resistant to a drug that held had promise for eliminating malaria in western Cambodia. Matthew Power, a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine, explains why officials are now trying to contain the region – and why that containment strategy is almost impossible to implement. His article, “Slipping Through the Net” is in the April issue of Harper’s.

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Guest Picks: Jeanette Winterson

Novelist Jeanette Wintersonwas on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her memoir, Why Be Normal When You Can Be Happy? She also told us that she's a fan of fast cars and silence. Find out what she's been reading recently!

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Guest Picks: Kenneth Lonergan

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan was on the Lopate Show recently (along with actress J. Smith-Cameron) to discuss their new film, "Margaret." He also told us that his reading list spans Christopher Hitchens' and Manning Marable.

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Guest Picks: J. Smith-Cameron

Actress J. Smith-Cameron was on the Lopate Show recently (along with Kenneth Lonergan) to discuss the film, "Margaret." She also told us about her love of 70's funk music and fried chicken. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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