Saving Europe

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

On today's show: an economist explains how economic theories can help us get more of the good stuff in life. Also, the dance company Pilobolus. Then, a writer talks about his chaotic debut novel. Plus, a look at how the Marshall Plan helped shape modern Europe.

Discovering Your Inner Economist

Economist, blogger, and restaurant critic Tyler Cowen has written a guide to getting more of the good stuff in life by understanding the hidden economic patterns behind everyday situations. Discover Your Inner Economist shows what economic notions and theories say about ordering from a menu, attracting the right mate, appreciating ...

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Innovative Dance

Pilobolus was formed in 1971 in a Dartmouth College dance class. Now it is a major American dance company dedicated to the choreography and performance of inventive dance-theater works that explore movement and human relationships. It is now in the midst of an extended run at New York City’s Joyce ...


Spaceman Blues

Editor, writer, and musician Brian Francis Slattery takes readers on a headlong trip to the end of the world in his chaotic debut novel, Spaceman Blues. The story presents a hallucinatory vision of New York City and its many colorful subcultures.

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When America Saved Europe

The plan conceived by Secretary of State George Marshall to rebuild post-WWII Europe was perhaps the most generous act in American history. Greg Behrman argues that this $13 billion aid program rescued Europe from economic catastrophe and prevented a possible Communist takeover. The Most Noble Adventure looks at the cast ...

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