May 13, 2005 David talks with Kansas rancher Jan Jantzen, the man behind an annual event in which people pay to burn his grass. An article in this week's Wall Street Journal compared Jantzen's enterprising ways to "Tom Sawyer, snookering pals into whitewashing his aunt's fence.
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May 6, 2005 Cordia Harrington is the CEO of the Tennessee Bun Company, a high-speed bakery that produces 60,000 buns an hour for clients including Pepperidge Farm, McDonald's and Chile's. She talks with us about the business of baking and the business of starting a business.
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May 6, 2005 7-Eleven recently reported record earnings, thanks in part to strong sales of gasoline, fresh food, and SpongeBob SquarePants Slurpees. Shares of 7-Eleven have risen more than 50 percent over the last year. CEO Jim Keyes talks with us.
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April 29, 2005 DVD-by-mail business Netflix reported record revenues last week and a record number of subscribers as well. But the company says it will lose money for the year, and its shares have lost ground. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings talks about the DVD delivery business.
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April 15, 2005 Online travel specialist Priceline.com relaunched its website this week. Is the company moving away from its Name Your Own Price model? What differentiates the new Priceline.com from the rest of the field? Will Priceline.com spokesman William Shatner continue his commercial crooning? David talks about the Name Your Own Price enterprise with Priceline.com CEO Jeffery Boyd.
April 8, 2005 XM Satellite Radio has added more than a half million subscribers in the last 3 months and shares of XM have quintupled over the last 2 years. Can XM continue its meteoric growth? When will satellite radio become profitable? Is there room for both XM and rival Sirius? David talks about the out-of-this-world business of satellite radio with XM CEO Hugh Panero.
April 1, 2005 How has the rise in fuel prices affected the popularity of RVs? How much for a top-of-the-line Winnebago? And how difficult is it to parallel park one of those things? We talk about the RV business with Winnebago CEO Bruce Hertzke.
March 25, 2005 Mike Veeck is president and part owner of six minor league baseball teams and the author of Fun Is Good. He's the son of legendary Hall of Fame baseball owner and marketer Bill Veeck, a man whose many promotions included signing a midget for a single at-bat. Mike Veeck has a reputation for his own innovative promotions, including Enron Night, Mime-evision, and Disco Demolition Day. David Gardner talks with the marketing maven about the serious business of fun.
March 18, 2005 What are the best stocks to own for the long run? How much of your portfolio should be invested overseas? Will the stock market sink when baby boomers retire? Wharton Finance Professor Jeremy Siegel tackles those questions and talks about his new book, The Future for Investors: Why the Tried and The True Triumph Over the Bold and the New.
March 11, 2005 In his most recent letter to shareholders, legendary investor Warren Buffett describes Americans as "rich spending junkies" who could turn into a nation of "sharecroppers." Of Permanent Value author Andy Kilpatrick reflects on the latest musings from the Oracle of Omaha.
March 4, 2005 Founded in 1999, Blue Nile is the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and jewelry. We talk real diamonds, artificial diamonds, engagement rings, and hard rock with Blue Nile CEO Mark Vadon.
February 25, 2005 It's the company behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster and it's served up some tasty returns for investors. We talk profits, pasta, and seafood with Darden Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis.
February 18, 2005 Disney War chronicles the back-stabbing, narcissism, and greed flourishing inside Walt Disney Corp. during the reign of deposed CEO Michael Eisner. Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Stewart joins us.
February 4, 2005 It's been one of Wall Street's big winners in recent years, but shares have lost one-third of their value in the last month. David talks all things eBay with CEO Meg Whitman.
January 28, 2005 To come.
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