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'This is a museum first'

Jeremy Hobson | Sep 6, 2007
A recent report called the Smithsonian gift shops underperforming and poorly run, so the museum is considering outsourcing them. But the folks doing the job now say they're being unfairly compared to commercial retailers. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retail

How far down will housing drag us?

Steve Tripoli | Sep 6, 2007
Three key indicators popped onto economic radar screens yesterday and none of them brought good news. The credit and housing crises are starting to impact the larger economy, but are we on the steep road to recession? Steve Tripoli reads the signs.
Posted In: Housing

An own-to-rent solution

Scott Jagow and Chris Farrell | Sep 6, 2007
Congress wants to help homeowners who are struggling to keep up with skyrocketing subprime mortgages. Forget a traditional bailout, Chris Farrell explains the beauty of the own-to-rent plan.
Posted In: Housing

A new mix for classroom diversity

| Sep 6, 2007
In North Carolina, some supporters of traditional affirmative action now see a different way of creating diverse student bodies. Dave DeWitt reports.
Posted In: Crime, Education

Finding big meaning in small trends

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 6, 2007
In 1996, pollster Mark Penn highlighted what he thought was an important Democratic constituency: soccer moms. Now, he's got a new book out. He tells Kai Ryssdal of a new trend -- young people minding their knitting.
Posted In: Books

Vatican raises the rent

| Sep 6, 2007
Beyond St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican owns a lot of pricey real estate in Rome. Many of its tenants had come to believe they were protected from rising rents. But, as Megan Williams reports, their faith was misplaced.
Posted In: Housing

One problem we can't spend away

| Sep 6, 2007
The subprime mortgage crisis is exposing the fact that American consumers have very little money in their pockets. And commentator Robert Reich says that realization could lead the nation right into recession.
Posted In: Economy

Sticker shock in the bread aisle

John Dimsdale | Sep 5, 2007
Wheat prices have hit a record high. The immediate reason is bad weather in western Europe, Australia and parts of the U.S. But John Dimsdale reports there are long-term trends that will keep wheat expensive for a while.
Posted In: Retail

Mattel's prospects not so swell

Jill Barshay | Sep 5, 2007
When we heard about the latest Mattel recall of 800,000 imported Chinese toys, we asked some consumers to tell us their reactions. Their responses could be Mattel CEO Bob Eckert's worst nighmare.
Posted In: Retail

Credit crisis is 'far from over'

Bob Moon | Sep 5, 2007
Investors clearly have a ways to go before they'll be feeling better, based on the latest economic reports. Today, a Bush administration official warned they could be waiting a long time. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street