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Middle class roundtable

| Jan 11, 2008
Are we better off than our parents or falling behind? Tess talks about the the past and future of the middle class with authors Elizabeth Warren and Gregg Easterbrook.

Global economy fuels human trafficking

Kai Ryssdal | Jan 11, 2008
Slavery is a huge element of the global economy, and it goes unseen by consumers. Kai Ryssdal talks with Kevin Bales of the advocacy group Free the Slaves about his efforts to clean up the slave supply chain.
Posted In: Crime

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | Jan 11, 2008
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Mandatory sick days gaining strength

Shia Levitt | Jan 11, 2008
More than 40% of private-sector workers, most of whom work in service jobs, don't get paid sick leave. Now some federal, state and municipal lawmakers are considering making paid sick days mandatory. Shia Levitt reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Gold's got a little too much glitter

Janet Babin | Jan 11, 2008
You're probably not planning to rush out and buy gold ingot anytime soon, but the rapidly rising price of gold is making certain consumers and retailers feel the pain. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy

Iraq deals at foundation of rebuilding?

| Jan 11, 2008
Three of Iraq's biggest state-owned cement firms have signed deals with outside investors from Romania, Germany and Lebanon. It may be a concrete sign of reconstruction taking hold. Jeremy Hobson reports.

U.S. bonds get AAA rating with asterisk

Bob Moon | Jan 11, 2008
Both Standard & Poor's and Moody's have reaffirmed their AAA ratings for the U.S. Treasury bill. But, Moody's did attach a note of caution to its assessment. Bob Moon explains.

Subprime fallout: Bank-buying bonanza

John Dimsdale | Jan 11, 2008
Bank of America is buying Countrywide Financial. And JP Morgan Chase is salivating over Washington Mutual. Which made us wonder: How far will bank consolidations go? John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Minorities in the middle

Stacey Vanek Smith | Jan 11, 2008
For some, the American dream keeps inching farther away. Stacey Vanek Smith looks at the challenges many minority citizens face as they attempt to join the ranks of the middle class.

Getting Personal

Chris Farrell | Jan 11, 2008
In this edition of Getting Personal, Chris and Tess talk about stretching a middle class salary, managing your own retirement accounts and paying for a car with home equity.