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The week of oil on Wall Street

| Jun 24, 2005
Oil, oil, all David Johnson wants to talk about with Kai Ryssdal is oil. Luckily, he's in Texas, so he's got some insights.

The French chef pressure cooker

| Jun 24, 2005
John Laurenson goes behind the scenes of one top kitchen in Paris.

A whole lotta coconuts

| Jun 24, 2005
With the price of oil on the rise, industries that create oil-based products are seeking out alternatives resources. Think <em>The Graduate</em>: instead of "plastics," it's "natural fiber composites."

The Job Files: Court reporter

| Jun 24, 2005
When one Washington woman thought about a career, she got itchy fingers.

A new wrinkle in the eminent domain

| Jun 23, 2005
The Supreme Court has just ruled that local governments can take private property &#151; and hand it over to commercial enterprises &#151; all in the name of economic development. Sam Eaton has the story.

Appraising the appraisers

| Jun 23, 2005
As American real estate values climb, more people are refinancing their homes. But what role does the person estimating a house's value play? Bob Moon reports.

Eating popcorn in Capetown

| Jun 23, 2005
More than a decade after the official end of apartheid, the South African economy is still deeply divided along racial lines. But there are signs of change: in the country's movie theaters, for example. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Changing pension plans

| Jun 23, 2005
Consulting firm Watson Wyatt Worldwide reports that more big companies cut their pensions last year. And airlines that have been making pension news lately, asking the government to bail them out. Marketplace commentator Michael Hudson says it's time for a change.

A diagnosis meant for Wal-Mart?

| Jun 23, 2005
A new bill aims to crack down on companies that critics say are draining state health insurance programs. Amy Scott reports.

Insuring against future disasters

| Jun 23, 2005
In Sri Lanka, only a fraction of the population was insured against the tsunami that hit six months ago. But maybe that's changing. Miranda Kennedy reports.

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