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Peru trade perilous for U.S. regulations

Dan Grech | Nov 9, 2007
The free-trade agreement with Peru passed in the House comes with staunch opposition from the Democrats. Dan Grech reports the issue comes from the fact that the agreement is about more than just trade.
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A weak dollar's great for exports

| Nov 9, 2007
It might be bad for foreign travel, but a weakening U.S. dollar is actually good news for trade. Paul Brandus reports the extra competitive edge from a cheaper buck can help generate an extra $100 billion in exports.
Posted In: Economy

The fix is in decline

Sean Cole | Nov 9, 2007
How did everything suddenly switch from repairable to disposable and what does that mean for your local handyman? Sean Cole visits fix-it shops to get some answers.

Meet the freegans

Tess Vigeland | Nov 9, 2007
More than 10 percent of trash is food, but would you be willing to take a bite? Tess Vigeland trolls for the edible gems in the garbage of Manhattan with the freegans.

The invisible man

Steve Henn | Nov 9, 2007
Is there any way to keep marketers from tracking you down? Steve Henn sees what it takes to make his family invisible to Madison Avenue.

More tales from the trash challenge

Tess Vigeland | Nov 9, 2007
In September, Tess carried all the trash she generated around for two weeks and challenged you to do the same. We bring you the stories of three listeners who heard the call.

Garbage across the Pacific

Scott Tong | Nov 9, 2007
One country's garbage is another country's gold. Scott Tong takes us across the Pacific to see how America's trash has spawned a whole industry in China.

Why buy new when used will do?

Tess Vigeland | Nov 9, 2007
Meet the Mullens, a family of four who've sworn off buying new consumer goods for a year. Tess follows the family through their experiment in scrounging.

Turning trash into cash

Amy Scott | Nov 9, 2007
Landfills may be eyesores for residents, but they have money and jobs to offer communities. Amy Scott visits a Pennsylvania town stuck in the middle of the trash trade.

How much longer can we 'overshoot'?

Kai Ryssdal | Nov 9, 2007
Our population is consuming about 30% more trees, fish and fossil fuels than the planet can regenerate. How big a hole can we dig before we can't get out of it? Kai Ryssdal talks with Jared Diamond, a geography professor at UCLA.