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Letters from our listeners

Kai Ryssdal | Apr 1, 2008
Kai Ryssdal reviews your letters on issues ranging from corruption in Louisiana to electronic devices marketed to women and an assumption about our audience's demographics.

IRS making sure your rebate gets spent

Rico Gagliano | Apr 1, 2008
Most taxpayers will get anywhere from $600 to $1,200 from Uncle Sam as part of the federal plan to stimulate the economy. But many taxpayers will use the money to pay down debts instead. So, as Rico Gagliano reports, the IRS isn't taking any chances.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Banks deep into unregulated 'gambling'

Bob Moon | Apr 1, 2008
Treasury Secy. Paulson's plan to get the financial system under control doesn't address a once-obscure kind of credit insurance that's become an enormous money-maker for some of the country's biggest banks and other rich investors. Bob Moon explains.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Labor, tech cited for T-5 baggage woes

Janet Babin | Apr 1, 2008
Since Terminal 5 at London's Heathrow Airport opened last week, more than 250 flights have been canceled due to a backlog of 19,000 suitcases that've been parted from passengers. Janet Babin reports on why it's so hard to get luggage from here to there.

Rice prices straining developing nations

Jeff Tyler | Apr 1, 2008
Prices on food have been soaring worldwide, including rice, which has doubled in the last couple of months. And the staple for so many people and cultures could get even more expensive. Jeff Tyler reports.

Oil execs defend federal tax breaks

Jeremy Hobson | Apr 1, 2008
Executives from Big Oil were in the hot seat on Capitol Hill today, trying to defend billions of dollars worth of tax breaks their companies receive. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Baggage trouble continues at Heathrow

Stephen Beard and Doug Krizner | Apr 1, 2008
Another day, another 50 flights canceled at London's Heathrow airport. Doug Krizner talks to Stephen Beard about the current computerized baggage snafu and how the staff is dealing with massive amounts of trouble.
Posted In: Travel

Delta to hit travelers with new fees

Alisa Roth | Apr 1, 2008
Delta Airlines is adding fees for booking tickets by phone, traveling with your dog and sending your kid on a trip alone. Alisa Roth looks into why such fees makes more sense than raising ticket prices.
Posted In: Travel

Airbus weathering tough times

| Apr 1, 2008
Airbus has had a rough time lately. Scott Jagow talks to Stephen Beard about the issues the European plane maker is dealing with, including delays with its superjumbo jet, profit losses and allegations of insider trading.
Posted In: Travel

The renters' end of the housing crisis

Steve Tripoli | Apr 1, 2008
In the latest edition of our Housing Madness series, we look at a group of people who never even took out a subprime loan -- or any loan for that matter. Steve Tripoli explores the story from the renters' perspective.
Posted In: Housing