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Thursday, April 30, 2009

On today’s show: Darryl Strawberry speaks about his achievements on the baseball diamond and his struggles off the field. Then, T.J. Stiles on his new biography of America’s first tycoon: Cornelius Vanderbilt. And, songwriter Chip Taylor, who's also been a professional gambler and a golf pro. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at Spain’s deflation problem and the psychology behind swine flu hysteria.

Darryl Strawberry

Former slugger Darryl Strawberry is know as much for his controversial decisions off field as he is for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond. He recounts the triumphs of his career and tragedies of his personal life in his memoir Straw: Finding My Way.

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The First Tycoon

Cornelius Vanderbilt is an American icon. He was the founder of a dynasty, a steamship builder, creator of a vast fortune and lord of a railroad empire. T. J. Stiles joins us to talk about his authoritative biography of Vanderbilt The First Tycoon.

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Chip Taylor

Before Chip Taylor became a hit songwriter and performer he was a budding golf pro. He joins us to talk about his new CD and accompanying book Songs from a Dutch Tour.

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Underreported: Worries about Spanish Deflation

Economists are always worried inflation, but now some economists are worried about the possibility of price deflation in Spain. On today’s first Underreported, Nelson Schwartz, European economic correspondent for the New York Times, explains what’s driving down prices in Spain and what that tells us about the country’s economy. You ...

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Underreported: The Psychology of Disease Panic

The emergence of Swine Flu has set off a pandemic panic, but why? Dr. Robert Klitzman is Director of the Ethics and Policy at the HIV Center at Columbia University and researches why our culture overreacts to some diseases like Swine Flu but under-reacts to other ...

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