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...
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...
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...
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...