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Ideas that go against the grain

| Feb 26, 2008
In part two of our interview with Idealab CEO Bill Gross, Kai Ryssdal finds out how he chooses which ideas to keep, which ideas have been significant and how he has personally changed along with the company.

Sarkozy strives for French BBC

| Feb 25, 2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy may kick advertisers out of French public television as part of his plan to create programming similar to that of the BBC. But broadcasters say they could lose revenue and audience share. John Laurenson reports.

Bigger isn't always better for business

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 25, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy says American businesses' desire to keep getting bigger leads to bureaucracy over humanity. Instead, he says, companies should strive to do more with less. (One in a series.)
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

FEMA trailers raise formaldehyde fears

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Feb 25, 2008
More than 300 FEMA trailer residents have requested formaldehyde testing after experiencing respitory problems. FEMA claims the trailers were built according to Federal standards, but many believe those standards are not tough enough. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Housing

Some see CFLs in a bad light

| Feb 25, 2008
A U.S. energy bill will be phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of alternatives like compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs. But not everyone thinks the new bulbs are ready to be given the green light. Joellen Easton reports.

High prices eat into food relief efforts

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 25, 2008
As food prices continue to rise, humanitarian food relief groups including the World Food Programme are feeling the squeeze. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Bob Bell from the relief group CARE on what his group is doing to combat high costs.
Posted In: Economy

Europeans take on tax shelter

John Dimsdale | Feb 25, 2008
Bank secrecy laws have helped make the European principality of Liechtenstein a tax haven. Now a secret list of account holders at a Lichtenstein bank has been sold to authorities in Germany and Britain. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Taxes, Travel

Union wants to invest in infrastructure

Stacey Vanek Smith | Feb 25, 2008
Many private equity groups look to invest in infrastructure. But the Service Employees International Union wants state pension funds to invest in public projects to stop the private companies from taking over. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs, Travel

Visa's IPO not feeling the crunch

Jill Barshay | Feb 25, 2008
Despite the credit crunch, credit card giant Visa filed the largest initial public offering in history. Jill Barshay reports why the company isn't affected by whether or not you pay your bill.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Yes, File 2007 Taxes

Chris Farrell | Feb 25, 2008
Question: My 27-year-old daughter is developmentally disabled, lives at home and works for a sheltered workshop. Her last years' earnings were ...
Posted In: Taxes