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Mine safety

Helen Palmer | Feb 2, 2006
The US Mine Safety and Health Administration has asked coal mines nationwide to "Stand Down for Safety" -- to run through their safety procedures for an hour on Monday morning. As Helen Palmer reports, the mining industry has been getting safer overall, but critics say safety enforcement has slipped.
Posted In: Health

US/Cuba energy summit

Dan Grech | Feb 2, 2006
The first-ever energy summit between the United States and Cuba started today in Mexico. For the next three days, American energy executives will meet with Cuban officials to discuss... well, it's not really clear. From the Americas Desk, Dan Grech explains.

No mo flood insurance?

| Feb 2, 2006
Senators today heard about problems with the federal flood insurance program, which can't raise enough money to cover the Katrina payout with the premiums it currently collects. Congress is talking about raising the premiums. Policy analyst and commentator Peter Van Doren says that's not enough.

We get letters...

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 2, 2006
Kai Ryssdal rummages through the Marketplace mailbag to find out what's on listeners' minds.

Patent law history

Janet Babin | Feb 2, 2006
The patent dispute that might shut down Blackberries - those mobile e-mail devices - has revived debate about US patent law. Many have been complaining that the system is in desperate need of reform. Academics say it's stifling innovation and costing millions. But for those doing the inventing, flush with patent cash, the system is working fine. From the Innovations desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.

Full Throttle Superbowl ad

| Feb 2, 2006
People are already talking about this year's Super Bowl ads. Truckers saw an online preview of a Coca-Cola ad for the company's energy drink "Full Throttle," and started honking their horns. Curt Nickisch has more.

Saving rate declines

Scott Jagow | Feb 2, 2006
The savings rate is as low as it's been since the Great Depression. But personal finance expert Chris Farrell tells host Scott Jagow that's not necessarily bad news.
Posted In: Economy

Jarecki on "Why We Fight"

Lisa Napoli | Feb 2, 2006
Eugene Jarecki, creator of the new documentary "Why We Fight," discusses the economic motivations for war with host Lisa Napoli.
Posted In: Economy

Southwest's Gary Kelly on the future of the airline business

Kai Ryssdal | Feb 2, 2006
Kai talks with Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly about his trip from CPA to CEO, and the future of the airline business.

Plan B on Part D

Scott Tong | Feb 2, 2006
With lawmakers scrambling to right the new Medicare drug program after a troubled launch, some Republicans are calling for fixes drug makers might like. Scott Tong has more.
Posted In: Health

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