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Monday, June 04, 2012

On today’s show: Former Wall Street Journal editor Michael Casey discusses how our financial system is hurting the middle class. We’ll take a look at how American business and industrial power helped win World War II. Scott Jurek talks about his career as an “ultrarunner” and how he manages 100-plus-mile races on a vegan diet. Phil Stutz and Barry Michels discuss their new approach for speeding up change for psychotherapy patients.

The Global Financial System and the Middle Class

Michael Casey argues that the vast global financial system is responsible for our economic malaise. In The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Global Financial System Destroys the Middle Class, Casey traces the flow of money and goods across the world, and shows that our economic problems are largely caused by political agendas that prevent the free market from encouraging fair competition.

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American Business During World War II

Arthur Herman tells how American businessmen—automobile magnate William Knudsen and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser—helped mobilize the “arsenal of democracy” that propelled the Allies to victory in World War II. Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II tells how Knudsen and Kaiser helped transformed America into an economic and military superpower.

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Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek on Eating and Running

Scott Jurek tell us about his rise in the sport of ultrarunning and about his vegan diet. In Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness he gives an account of competing in 100-plus-mile endurance races and surviving on a plant-based diet and he shares running and eating advice.

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Phil Stutz and Barry Michels Teach the Tools

Phil Stutz and Barry Michels discuss their groundbreaking approach to therapy. In The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity they present five tools that can bring about dynamic change. In their approach, obstacles become opportunities—to find courage, embrace discipline, develop self-expression, deepen creativity.

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