Nov 16, 2011 — For British economist Sir John Maynard Keynes, consumption — economic or otherwise — was what made the world go 'round. His ideas about how to nurture national economies, and when to intervene, are still being debated, 65 years after his death.
Oct 24, 2011 — In a new book, medical ethicist Harriet Washington details how genes and tissues are increasingly being patented by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Those firms, she argues, are focused more on their profits than on the medical needs of patients.
May 25, 2011 — Summer reading picks are on the way: the movie tie-in edition of David Nicholl's U.K. sensation One Day and the latest from John Grisham and Stephen King. In nonfiction, it's time to get superfreaky about economics, and comedian Jimmy Fallon offers a little thanks.
Feb 22, 2010 — A book by the chairman of HSBC proposes a "new capitalism" that brings good business and good ethics together. In an NPR interview, Green, who is also an ordained priest in the Church of England, says moral and spiritual values should take precedence over immediate profit for the world's major banks.
Jan 4, 2010 — Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing, would like people to think more about the cost of items they buy — not just the price set by the market but the environmental and social costs, too. He says market prices let people avoid paying the true costs of things.
Nov 2, 2009 — In the follow-up to their 4-million-selling Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner fire yet another provocative salvo at conventional wisdom.
Apr 29, 2009 — Author Susan Jane Gilman recommends two books — Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money and Alan Beattie's False Economy — to help you unravel the economic crisis.
Apr 10, 2009 — Pirates these days have a much-deserved bad rap. But commentator Peter Leeson says we shouldn't let our condemnation of modern pirates spill over onto their more colorful and socially contributory early 18th-century forefathers.
Feb 25, 2009 — In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Obama pledged to cut the federal budget deficit in half in four years. But every president who has inherited a deficit has promised to cut it, and only Bill Clinton has succeeded. Commentator Russell Roberts think Obama's got his work cut out for him.
Feb 9, 2009 — In his new book, The Tyranny of Bad Ideas, author Matt Miller says Americans need to let go of certain outmoded beliefs. On the list? The idea that our children will earn more than we do and the notion that taxes are bad and free trade is good.