When Swedish businessman Lennart Dahlgren moved to Moscow as the first general manager of IKEA in Russia, he had only a vague idea that corruption and bribes were part of doing business there. But Lennart and IKEA had a different idea…be totally transparent and do everything above board. No pay-offs. Lennart is now retired - and he has written a memoir of his time in Russia, called “Despite Absurdity: How I Conquered Russia While It Conquered Me.” Also: Noah Z. Jones goes to Hollywood.
Nick Casey of the Wall Street Journal teamed up with a crime scene photographer to chronicle one day of drug violence in Acapulco, Mexico. Dick Gordon talks to them about the how the Mexican drug wars has changed they way they work and live.
In 1992, Donna Shalala was picked by President Clinton to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Christine Todd Whitman was chosen by President George W. Bush to head the EPA in 2001. The two women talk with Dick about the intense vetting and preparation that goes on prior to the hearing, and what it's like to answer questions in that intense media and political spotlight.
Dave and Carrie found themselves laid off. At the time, gold was fetching over $1,000 an ounce. So they moved out to a remote canyon in northern California and started life anew - as gold miners. Also in this episode: attempting to sell your vote.