Adam Davidson http://kalw.org en This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One http://kalw.org/post/man-makes-beautiful-suits-he-cant-afford-buy-one Peter Frew is one of a tiny number of people left in the United States who can — entirely on his own, using almost no machinery — make a classic bespoke suit. He can measure you, draw a pattern, cut the fabric and then hand-stitch a suit designed to fit your body perfectly.<p>Frew spent more than a decade as an apprentice for a remarkable tailor in his native Jamaica. He now sells his suits for about $4,000. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:23:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 16317 at http://kalw.org This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One Scandal That Cost Barclays Chairman His Job Threatens To Spread http://kalw.org/post/scandal-cost-barclays-chairman-his-job-threatens-spread Every day at 11 a.m., a few big banks tell the British Bankers' Association what it costs them to borrow. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 21:51:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 13045 at http://kalw.org Scandal That Cost Barclays Chairman His Job Threatens To Spread Why Matzo Makers Love Regulation http://kalw.org/post/why-matzo-makers-love-regulation <em>For more, see our video, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/04/10/150308440/inside-the-matzo-factory">Inside The Matzo Factory</a></em>, <em>and see Adam Davdson's latest <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/magazine/the-amazing-matzo-stimulus.html" target="_blank">NYT Magazine column</a> </em><p>The matzo business may be the most heavily regulated business in the world.<p>The regulators are rabbis, who stand on the factory floor and make sure that everything adheres to kosher law. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:16:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 8862 at http://kalw.org Why Matzo Makers Love Regulation The $200,000-A-Year Nanny http://kalw.org/post/200000-year-nanny I met Zenaide Muneton in the offices of the Pavillion Agency in New York, which specializes in hiring house staff for some of the richest folks in the country. Muneton says she knows how to make everything fun for kids, even homework, and that's why she is one of the better paid nannies at the agency. I asked her what that means.<p>"It means over $150,000 a year," Muneton said.<p>Actually, I learned later, it means even more than $150,000 a year. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:05:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 8281 at http://kalw.org The $200,000-A-Year Nanny Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor? http://kalw.org/post/why-are-some-countries-rich-and-others-poor Why are some nations rich and others poor? In a new book called <a href="http://whynationsfail.com/" target="_blank">Why Nations Fail</a>, a pair of economists argue that a lot comes down to politics.<p>To research the book, the authors scoured the world for populations and geographic areas that are identical in all respects save one: they're on different sides of a border.<p><p>The two Koreas are an extreme example. But you can see the same thing on the border of the US and Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and dozens of other neighboring countries. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:06:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 7628 at http://kalw.org Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor?