Almost every day, our program ends with a "Talking Point," about something interesting that’s not leading the news. Today, a collection of favorite conversations with the authors of unusual books. One writer describes the dirt — and the dignity -- of global recycling. That Nike shoe box you just threw out might be the same one you threw out last year. We hear how Chinese movie-goers affect what’s at your local theater, and peek inside the fully furnished — but unoccupied -- house of an eccentric millionaires. Finally a tale of recovery and redemption. What did one Jewish writer buy for the children of the terrorist who tried to kill his wife?
Talking Points: Our Favorite Author Interviews of 2013
From this Episode:
Salt, Sugar, Fat and Stomach Share
Michael Moss is an investigative reporter for the New York Times. In his latest book, Salt, Sugar, Fat : How the Food Giants Hooked Us, he describes a meeting in 1999, in...
8 min, 7 sec
Where Recycled Stuff Goes: Inside the Global Trash Trade
Last month, we spoke to Adam Minter, Shanghai correspondent for Bloomberg World View and a familiar voice on this program. He's also the author of Junkyard Planet , a book...
7 min, 42 sec
How the Biggest Real Estate Sale in History Went from Boom to Bust
When New York's massive middle-class apartment complex Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village was sold in 2006, it was the biggest real estate deal in history: $5.4 billion —...
The Storied Life (and $300 Million) of Heiress Huguette Clark
We recorded a story in September about extraordinary wealth that's led to a courtroom fight over one of America's great, but often forgotten, fortunes. Bill Dedman is a...
12 min, 11 sec
The New Abnormal Movie Business in Hollywood
In our final Talking Point segment today involves a conversation back in July about a sea change in the movie business. Former reporter Linda Obst became a novelist, then...
7 min, 50 sec