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The 'Informal Economy' Driving World Business

More than half of all employed people worldwide work off the books. And that number is expected to climb over the next decade. Investigative journalist Robert Neuwirth examines how the underground economy works in his book, Stealth of Nations.
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Reporting On The Front Lines Of Mexico's Drug War

Since 2006, 40,000 people have been murdered in Mexico as drug cartels battle each other and the Mexican military. Journalist Ioan Grillo traces how Mexico came to control drug trafficking in El Narco.
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Kreayshawn Fights For Her Right To Rap

When her song "Gucci Gucci" went viral this summer, rapper Kreayshawn quickly became a hit — but also a controversial figure. Many of her lyrics deal with race and class. She speaks with Michel Martin. (Note: This segment contains language that some listeners may find offensive.)
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Oct. 26

Moby’s photography, test tube theater and the jazzy vocals of Loide Jorge.

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Jobs' Biography: Thoughts On Life, Death And Apple

After Steve Jobs was diagnosed with cancer, he asked Walter Isaacson to write his biography. The new book tells the personal story of the man behind the personal computer — from his childhood in California to his thoughts on family, friends, death and religion.
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Steve, Myself And i: The Big Story Of A Little Prefix

The "i" prefix began as an abbreviation for the word "Internet," but ended up being much more than that. "By the time i- was fleshed out, Apple had transformed itself from a culty computer-maker to a major religion," says linguist Geoff Nunberg.
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'El Narco': The Trade Driving Mexico's Drug War

In his new book, British journalist Ioan Grillo takes a close look at the Mexican drug war, starting with el narco, or the network of drug smugglers who cast a murderous shadow over Mexico.

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