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Monday, May 25, 2009

On today's show: A special encore presentation of some of our favorite interviews from the past few months. First, we examine the fall of Bear Stearns one year after the company collapsed under a mountain of toxic assets. Followed by a look at the life of Flannery O’Connor. Plus, a discussion about the lost art of penmanship. And, we’ll find out how Uranium has changed the world: from Utah to Africa to Hiroshima.

From Bear Stearns to Bear Markets

Over the course of its 85 year history Bear Stearns became one of the financial giants on Wall Street. Then, in 2008 the company collapsed and took the rest of the financial system down with it. William Cohan chronicles the infighting, hubris, bad bets and terrible decisions that destroyed the ...


The Life of Flannery O'Connor

Novelist and short story writer Flannery O'Connor is an icon of American literature, but she got her first taste of fame by teaching a chicken to walk backwards. Brad Gooch's biography Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, takes a detailed look at the writer 45 years after her death.


Script and Scribble

In our increasingly electronic world penmanship is a lost art. In her book Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwritting Kitty Burns Florey ruminates on the end of handwriting instruction in our public schools and the decline of scriptwriting in our society.

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The Rock that Shaped the World

Uranium may just look like yellow dirt, but it's altered the course of human history and shaped the modern world. In his new book Uranium: War, Evergy and the Rock that Shaped the World reporter Tom Zoellner examines the paradox of this powerful element: that the stability of our ...

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