Photo: The first McDonald's franchise, located west of Chicago. It was opened by Ray Kroc in 1955. Photograph in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
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The New Year kicks off with CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, a mega-trade show and conference in Las Vegas where the latest tech gadgets are unveiled. The show turns 50 this year. Does it still matter? Hear a preview from Lindsey Turrentine of CNET Reviews. Plus, how does a small start-up company get heard above the noise? Evan Birenbaum of Chai Energy, an LA-based startup going to CES for the first time, shares their strategy.
Fast food is such a part of our lives we forget that someone invented it -- and all the architecture, packaging and paraphernalia that go along with it. Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away, by longtime public radio reporter Lisa Napoli, talks about McDonald's and how postwar America gave rise to fast food culture. We also learn why her story starts at Santa Monica's anti-nuclear sculpture Chain Reaction.
The artist, the philanthropist, the sculpture: Paul Conrad, Joan Kroc and the secret history of Chain Reaction
'Ray and Joan' chronicles complex life of Kroc's philanthropic wife
The story of how McDonald's first got its start
An odd but generous couple: Ray and Joan Kroc
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