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Swept away by service culture

Scott Jagow | Feb 12, 2008
Author Alex Frankel wanted to find out what life was like on the other side of the counter. He talks to Scott Jagow about his book, where he shares his experience of joining the working culture of Starbucks, UPS, the Gap and more.
Posted In: Books, Jobs, Retail


Chris Farrell | Feb 11, 2008
Question: Years ago, we bought zero-coupon bonds for our son's college fund. They were timed to mature as he went through college, which has worked...
Posted In: Investing, Taxes

U.K. scandal prompts calls for reform

Stephen Beard | Feb 11, 2008
British Parliament member Derek Conway has been suspended for misusing public funds after he paid his son over $80,000 for work he did not do. The scandal has led to demands for transparency to fight what some consider is a tradition of corruption in Parliament. Steven Beard reports.
Posted In: Crime, Economy, Jobs, Taxes, Travel

Think Zen thoughts when on U.S. trains

| Feb 11, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy reflects on his experience with the second-rate U.S. rail system when he tried to take a trip on the train. Second in a series.
Posted In: Travel

Is spending your rebate a civic duty?

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Feb 11, 2008
The Bush Administration will likely finalize its stimulus package this week, allowing rebate checks to be sent out by May. What will you do with the money? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on how those who save might be hurting the economy.
Posted In: Economy

A new harvest of green gadgets

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 11, 2008
Tech companies are now joining scores of American businesses trying to sell environmentally aware products. Kai Ryssdal talks with Kevin Periera of G4 about some gadgets that might make the thoughtful consumer green with envy.
Posted In: Science

Russia exchanges debt for Iraqi oil

| Feb 11, 2008
Officials in Russia have agreed to forgive more than $12 billion in debt owed by Iraq in exchange for oil-drilling rights in part of the country. John Dimsdale reports on how the deal affects Russia's infrastructure and what it means for American interests.
Posted In: Economy

Exxon freeze gets Venezuela moving

Dan Grech | Feb 11, 2008
Venezuela has begun moving oil revenues into Swiss banks to avoid a possible seizure of funds by Exxon Mobil. The move creates a new chapter in the legal fight between Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and one of America's biggest companies. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Auto, Economy

What more could Yahoo want?

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 11, 2008
Yahoo has formally rejected the Microsoft takeover offer of $44.6 billion, saying it was too low and it could find a better deal elsewhere. Kai Ryssdal talks to New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin about Microsoft's next move.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs

Banana's bloody past, uncertain future

| Feb 11, 2008
The humble banana is the subject of the longest-running WTO trade dispute and shaped the politics of many nations in Central and South America. Doug Krizner talks with author Dan Koeppel about his chronicle of the fruit's history.
Posted In: Health