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Kai Ryssdal’s Conversations from the Corner OfficeⓇ brings you inside the room with the business and cultural leaders transforming our economy.

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Kai Ryssdal’s Conversations from the Corner OfficeⓇ brings you inside the room with the business and cultural leaders transforming our economy.

    AMC’s Sarah Barnett on legacy TV in the streaming era

    AMC’s Sarah Barnett on legacy TV in the streaming era

    This season, you have a record 532 scripted TV shows to choose from. Netflix, Apple and cable networks are spending billions on marquee talent, intellectual property and reboots, some of them with the help of big data. AMC, however, is trying something different. Sarah Barnett took over as president the legacy network in late 2018, as the streaming war was heating up and cord cutters threatened cable’s dominance. She spoke with us about her plan to counter the streaming giants, AMC’s legacy of big hits like “Breaking Bad” and why investing in new voices is crucial to making good TV.

    • 15 min
    How Feeding America provides 4 billion meals a year

    How Feeding America provides 4 billion meals a year

    About one in nine Americans lacked access to affordable nutrition last year, according to the USDA. Enter Feeding America, a network of tens of thousands of food banks, meals programs and more. CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot talked with us about how she uses her corporate background to run one of the nation’s largest charities, and how she stays positive in the face of such a big problem.

    • 12 min
    Habitat for Humanity’s Jonathan Reckford on the business of helping

    Habitat for Humanity’s Jonathan Reckford on the business of helping

    Since Jonathan Reckford became the CEO for Habitat for Humanity in 2005, the nonprofit housing organization has grown to help nearly 30 million people improve their housing conditions. “An interesting hybrid between a global corporation and a denomination,” he said. But as the world faces a growing affordable housing crisis, his work faces the same barriers as many people trying to find shelter. He spoke with us about some of the challenges to building affordable housing in a for-profit world.

    • 14 min
    How Baby2Baby turned one photo into thousands of diapers

    How Baby2Baby turned one photo into thousands of diapers

    Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein knew they wanted their nonprofit, Baby2Baby, to do big things to help kids living in poverty. But they didn’t realize that a photo featuring Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie at one of their first events would lead to a donation of 100,000 diapers and a totally new strategy for growth. They talked with us about running their nonprofit as a business, working together as co-presidents and why their work is nowhere near done.

    • 14 min
    For Lisa Kaz, the LA Auto Show is a family business

    For Lisa Kaz, the LA Auto Show is a family business

    Not long after Lisa Kaz graduated college with a computer science degree, she joined her grandfather in the auto show business. Today she’s the CEO of the LA Auto Show and the conference that happens immediately before, AutoMobility LA. She talked with us from the show floor about the challenges of running an auto show today and the technology she’s most excited to see in the cars of the (near) future.

    • 15 min
    David Nussbaum of America’s Test Kitchen on working with cooking superstars

    David Nussbaum of America’s Test Kitchen on working with cooking superstars

    David Nussbaum knows whatever he’s doing with “America’s Test Kitchen” is working when he attends events with hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison. “You’d think I was with Michelle Obama and the ex-president,” he said. America’s Test Kitchen continues to grow, expanding from TV and magazines into podcasting, and attracting more than 400,000 paying subscribers to its website. Nussbaum spoke to host Kai Ryssdal about why the $10,000 spent developing each recipe on average is totally worth it; how he’s attracting a new and younger audience; and why he took the job at America’s Test Kitchen in the first place.

    • 11 min

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