Grant McCracken

  • Consumers in a downturn: a new spending habit?

    What will the current downturn might mean to consumers?  Will their habits change in lasting ways?  Could we return from the downturn to discover…

  • Stay cool, boy

    One of my least favorite things is the phrase "How cool is that?"  That's partly because I have an Aspie's inclination to take rhetorical questions…

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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