Many of the hallmarks of the 2000 dot-com bubble seem to be present again, what with Goldman Sachs' interest in Facebook, the mind-boggling valuations of Groupon and Living Social, and the growth of the mobile app industry. For insight, host Liane Hansen talks with Beverly Macy, CEO of Gravity Summit, author of The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing and a distinguished instructor at UCLA Extension.
The Australian Open begins Monday -- in a part of the country which is not inundated by floods. This first, grand-slam event of the year also serves as the launch of the 2011 tennis season. NPR's Liane Hansen previews the Australian Open with USA Today's Doug Robson.
The second largest timber mill in Colorado is actually a small mom-and-pop company that almost closed a year ago. Thanks to a $500,000 stimulus grant, it was able to stay open. But they're still struggling to stay afloat due to the lack of new home construction in recent years. Conrad Wilson of member station KDNK in Carbondale, Colo., reports.
Shirley Jones is probably best known, at least to a certain generation, for her role as Shirley Partridge, mother of television's singing Partridge family in the early 70s. Others may remember her Oscar-winning role as Lulu in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry, or her performance as Laurey in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. Host Liane Hansen interviews the actress and singer, who recently released her newest album, a tribute to her early champion Richard Rodgers. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.