Adam Davidson http://wnku.org en This Man Makes Beautiful Suits, But He Can't Afford To Buy One http://wnku.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 14948 at http://wnku.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://wnku.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 22:17:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 12498 at http://wnku.org Scandal That Cost Barclays Chairman His Job Threatens To Spread Why Matzo Makers Love Regulation http://wnku.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 9539 at http://wnku.org Why Matzo Makers Love Regulation Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor? http://wnku.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 8639 at http://wnku.org Why Are Some Countries Rich And Others Poor? What Do The Dow's Daily Swings Mean? Not Much. http://wnku.org/post/what-do-dows-daily-swings-mean-not-much Turn on the news on any given day, and you're likely to hear about the Dow Jones industrial average. It is the most frequently checked, and cited, proxy of U.S. economic health. But a lot of people — maybe most — don't even know what it is. It's just the stock prices of 30 big companies, summed up and roughly averaged. That's it.<p>And what does the daily movement of this number have to do with the lives of most Americans? Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 7254 at http://wnku.org What Do The Dow's Daily Swings Mean? Not Much. The Transformation Of American Factory Jobs, In One Company http://wnku.org/post/transformation-american-factory-jobs-one-company <em>This is the second in a two-part series. Part one is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/01/12/145038754/the-history-of-factory-jobs-in-america-in-one-town" target="_blank">here</a>. For more, see Adam Davidson's <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/01/making-it-in-america/8844/?single_page=true" target="_blank">cover story</a> in this month's issue of </em>The Atlantic<em>.</em><p>Larry Sills is the CEO of Standard Motor Products, like his dad and his grandfather before him. The company makes replacement parts for car engines. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 6380 at http://wnku.org The Transformation Of American Factory Jobs, In One Company The History Of Factory Jobs In America, In One Town http://wnku.org/post/history-factory-jobs-america-one-town <em>For more, see Adam Davidson's <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/01/making-it-in-america/8844/?single_page=true" target="_blank">cover story</a> in this month's issue of The Atlantic.</em><p>Greenville County, South Carolina is where manufacturing's past and future live side by side. This is not a metaphor; it's a visible fact. In South Carolina, and throughout America, factories produce more than ever. Yet in Greenville, there are abandoned textile mills everywhere you look.<p>A decade ago, life in Greenville was organized around the mills. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Davidson 6330 at http://wnku.org The History Of Factory Jobs In America, In One Town