from Wisconsin Public Radio
It's up for debate whether or not the business of America is business. But like it or not, corporate culture touches us all. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the quirky online marketplace that brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world. But is e-bay really the perfect store imagined by its founder? Also, a refugee from Amazon dot com has audiences in stitches with his new one-man play about dot com life. And, should corporations have the same rights as people?
Mike Daisey is the playwright and star of the off-Broadway 1-man-show called "21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon Dot Com." He tells Anne Strainchamps he was looking for flexible hours and a creative work environment, but found himself in a cyber-nightmare. Also, journalist Adam Cohen has written a book about E-bay, called "The Perfect Store." He tells Steve Paulson that the on-line auction house has been profitable since day one and will sell just about anything.
Mary Wells Lawrence thought up some of the most clever and memorable ad campaigns of her generation. Her memoir is "A Big Life in Advertising." The creator of "I Love New York" and "I can't believe I ate the whole thing" tells Jim Fleming about some of her successes and her life in the advertising industry. Also, Jan Edwards is a member of the Women's International League of Peace and Justice's Abolish Corporate Personhood Campaign. She tells Steve Paulson why she thinks corporations have too many legal rights and don't deserve their status as legal persons.
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David Whyte is a poet, consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and the author of "Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity." He tells Anne Strainchamps there's always a way to find meaning at work.
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