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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Charles Strouse, the Broadway composer who gave us hits like "Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie," looks back on his life in New York, Hollywood, and beyond. Also, States of the Union is all about North Dakota, a.k.a. the Peace Garden State. And on Underreported: why hundreds of millions of dollars in small business contracts have been awarded to corporate giants.

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Charles Strouse

Charles Strouse: Put on a Happy Face

Charles Strouse, one of the most successful composers in Broadway history, gave us the music for hits like “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Annie,” and “Applause.” He gives us an insider’s view of Broadway, Hollywood, and beyond in his new memoir, Put on a Happy Face.

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States of the Union: North Dakota

Find out which issues matters most to voters in the Peace Garden State and how rising prices for food are affecting the nation’s leading producer of hard red spring wheat. Also: whether the presence of oil in the Western half of the state is generating more interest as oil prices ...

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A Summer of Family Traumas

Roxana Robinson’s new novel, Cost, is about a New York art professor who travels to Maine to spent the summer with her elderly parents, and subsequently gets entangled in family traumas.


Underreported: Small Business Money Goes to Corporate Giants

During 2006 and 2007, the Department of Interior awarded over $430 million in small business contracts to corporate giants like Xerox and John Deere. We look into how that happened, and whether that’s part of a larger pattern of directing small business money to large corporations. Lloyd Chapman is president ...

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The Future of Global Free Trade

Talks at the World Trade Organization collapsed earlier this week, ending a 7-year effort to create a new global trade pact. Some experts say the end of these negotiations could mean an end to decades of continuous expansion of global free-trade deals. Simon Cox is economics correspondent for


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