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Google gets charitable

Janet Babin | Sep 14, 2006
Google's philanthropic arm,, will be run under for-profit status. Janet Babin looks at what that means for the charity.

Things not getting easier in Detroit

Sarah Gardner | Sep 13, 2006
Ford's Board of Directors is meeting today and tomorrow, and they could be discussing cutting white collar jobs and benefits by as much as 30 percent. Sarah Gardner reports.

Will cheaper gas spur consumer spending?

Steve Tripoli | Sep 13, 2006
Oil is just above $64 dollars a barrel today, almost $15 below prices a month ago. That's helping people save money at the pump — Steve Tripoli looks at whether it will activate consumer spending.

Big Oil slides out of royalty payments

Kai Ryssdal and Scott Tong | Sep 13, 2006
Turns out operators of the major oil field recently discovered in the Gulf don't have to pay royalties for their find. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Marketplace's Scott Tong, who's been following the story.
Posted In: Washington

Wage gap isn't real

| Sep 13, 2006
As debate rages over whether wages are really shrinking and average Americans are getting squeezed, commentator Steve Moore claims the middle class is doing very well, thank you.

Bid on your own little piece of space

Stacey Vanek Smith | Sep 13, 2006
Meteorites are some of the rarest rocks on earth. Gram for gram they'll cost you more than gold or diamonds-most are more than a billion years old. Want one? Your best bet is eBay. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Science

Luxury getaways . . . plus surgery

Miranda Kennedy | Sep 13, 2006
As healthcare costs continue to soar, some people are flying to hospitals in countries like India that often employ American-trained doctors who can operate at a fraction of the cost. And that's just part of the package, Miranda Kennedy reports.
Posted In: Health

Medical tourism meets healthy opposition

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Sep 13, 2006
American businesses are looking into the potentially cost-saving trend of medical tourism, but some skeptics are putting their collective foot down. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Health

Earmarks need to go

| Sep 13, 2006
Congressional leaders are considering new rules to govern the use of earmarks in the appropriations process. But commentator Robert Reich argues they don't go far enough.

Corn as food vs. corn as fuel

Sam Eaton | Sep 13, 2006
What happens to the economics of corn when demand for food competes with demand for a renewable fuel source? Sam Eaton reports.