Posted by Daryl Paranada

For Marketplace, Friday, April 15, 2011

If you've had to fill up your car lately, you know gas prices are on the rise. And on today's show we have a story about why does the government's measure of "core inflation" excludes the main factors driving prices right now.

Over to Utah, where we look at the industry state's guest-worker law. Utah's approach to immigration has been less severe than other states, but it's still stirring up some controversy.

In international news, we look at how a displaced auto worker in Japan is coping post-quake. We've got a commentary on the World Bank's role in the Middle East. And we look at Cuba's free-market experiment, which has created an awkward marriage of socialism and capitalism.

In our weekly wrap, we look at U.S. debt. And speaking of debt, White House Budget Director Jack Lew has a lot on his plate these days. That's why he has a timely request for the media...

TGIF. Here are the songs we played:

  • Mark Ronson featuring Kasabian - L.S.F.Buy
  • Anwarrior - FaithfulBuy
  • The Stranglers - Golden BrownBuy
  • Muse - Undisclosed DesiresBuy
  • D-Tension - Gotta Be SomethingBuy

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