This American Life had a show on the mortgage/credit crisis called The Giant Pool of Money. Wow. Listening to how all this happened is really scary.
Studio 360 had a show about a guy named Pico Iyer who has known the Dalai Lama for years:
One thing that struck me about the interview was Pico's observation that the Dalai Lama doesn't want people to convert to Buddhism without understanding it completely, but rather would like people to take from it what makes sense to them without leaving their own traditions. Getting some insight into who the Dalai Lama is as a person was really interesting.