Back in 1997, Gary Vaynerchuk wanted to turn Wine Library, his family's liquor store in Springfield, N.J., into a major Web retailer. Nobody thought he could do it, but over time he proved them wrong.
Today — thanks to his early adoption of social media and his offbeat wine video commentary — Vaynerchuk sells $60 million worth of wine a year. His new book, The Thank You Economy, is part memoir, part handbook for success.
Vaynerchuk tells NPR's Michelle Norris that when he first put Wine Library online, he was exploring uncharted territory.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has decided against running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Barbour, long a member of the national GOP Party establishment as a one-time chair of the Republican National Committee chair, said he couldn't guarantee his supporters that he had the all-consuming "fire in the belly" it takes to wage the kind of campaign it takes to get the nomination, let alone to try and beat an incumbent president.
And whatever fire he did have might have been dampened by polls that gave him very little encouragement.
There are at least a dozen Republicans considering a run for the White House in 2012. Over the next two weeks, NPR will be profiling some of them to find out what first sparked their interest in politics.
You may not be ready yet, but in Iowa, they're already thinking about 2012.
In the tiny town of Fayette, the local Republican Party is holding a fundraising lunch. It's a small event — but not too small for Tim Pawlenty.