Dec 3, 2013 — South Africa's Mponeng gold mine is a 2.5-mile-deep network of chutes and tunnels that employs about 4,000 miners. Of course, that number doesn't include the miners who wander its tunnels clandestinely, stealing and refining ore. In a new book, journalist Matthew Hart investigates why gold and crime sometimes go hand in hand.
Nov 30, 2013 — Matthew Hart tells the story of humankind's obsession with gold around the world and through history in his new book, Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal. He joins host Scott Simon to explain why he writes that "gold is its own country."
Feb 7, 2012 — Financial writer Philip Coggan traces the current global financial crisis to the 1970s, when the U.S. broke its last link to gold. In his book Paper Promises, Coggan says governments will have to choose whether to keep their promises to their creditors or to their citizens.
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.
Sep 20, 2011 — In his new book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert looks at how the need for energy is shaping the world. He joins NPR's David Greene to discuss the global implications of natural gas production in the U.S.
Oct 7, 2008 — The ongoing financial crisis is posing some opportunities for parents to teach kids about smart money management. Mocha Moms Jolene Ivey, Cheli English-Figaro and Asra Nomani welcome money coach Alvin Hall, author of Show Me the Money, to discuss teaching youngsters how to become financially sound.
Jan 14, 2008 — Everyone, it seems, knows of someone who never pays his or her share following dinner at a restaurant, or someone who never repays money borrowed from a family member. NPR contributor Michelle Singletary, an expert on personal finance, and Jeanne Fleming, co-author of Isn't It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check?, offer tips on showing tough love when it comes to money.
Jan 30, 2007 — Sudden riches can buy things, but they can also bring headaches as friends and family argue over their share. Three contributors to a new collection of essays, titled Money Changes Everything, talk honestly about money and its role in their lives.
Jan 18, 2006 — Perhaps with a eye toward eventual retirement, Dave Barry's new book examines fundamental economic questions, such as 'Where does money come from anyway?'