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Wal-Mart finds fewer sales going upscale

Kai Ryssdal | May 30, 2007
New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro got his hands on a report critcizing Wal-Mart's so-far unsuccessful attempt to climb out of the bargain basement. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about what's in the report.
Posted In: Retail

Supply, demand . . . and an impending thud

| May 30, 2007
Commentator Robert Reich says if you want to understand why the stock market continues to be bullish, you have to go back to Econ 101.

Our loss, diet industry's gain

Helen Palmer | May 30, 2007
As Americans get bigger, so does the weight-loss business. The diet industry is now a multibillion-dollar enterprise, one whose existence depends on our failures. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

The Sushi Economy

Kai Ryssdal | May 30, 2007
Over some truly excellent tuna and sea urchin Kai Ryssdal met Sasha Issenberg, author of "The Sushi Economy," to talk about the role raw fish plays in the world's markets and its popularity in America.
Posted In: Books, Economy

The fall of gentrification

| May 30, 2007
The housing bubble may be leaking, but some big cities are still gentrifying like it's 1999. High-end development is now forcing out even middle-income workers and that's not going to be good for anyone, including business, warns Angela Glover Blackwell.
Posted In: Housing

Selling British stereotypes

Ashley Milne-Tyte | May 30, 2007
American advertisers love a good British accent to polish their commercials. You don't say. What's behind the trend? Ashley Milne-Tyte tells us, in her own charming British lilt.

NBC tries to catch up to new media realities

Alisa Roth | May 30, 2007
A 36-year-old wunderkind is being elevated to co-chair at NBC, charged with figuring out how to lift the Peacock Channel out of fourth place. The internet and "long tail" marketing may be key. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Pepsi hires junk food nemesis

Stephen Beard and Lisa Napoli | May 30, 2007
Soft drink and snack giant PepsiCo has brought one of the junk food industry's most outspoken critics on board to look out for consumer wellbeing. An unlikely match, but probably not a case of "healthwashing" says Stephen Beard.
Posted In: Health

California says EPA is stalling

Sarah Gardner | May 30, 2007
A dozen states want to adopt tougher vehicle emissions standards, but they're waiting on the EPA's go-ahead. And after more than a year and a half, California's getting impatient. Sarah Gardner reports.

Detroit gets serious about health insurance

Steve Tripoli | May 30, 2007
Funny what labor and management are capable of when both sides are afraid of losing big. Detroit's Big Three automakers and the United Auto Workers may have actually found a win-win solution to fast-rising health care costs. Steve Tripoli has details.
Posted In: Auto, Health

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