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A mom's road back to work is often bumpy

Sarah Gardner | May 12, 2006
Harvard Business Review says the average mom loses 37% of her earning power, if she takes off three or more years. Sarah Gardner reports the road back onto the career track has a few potholes.

Week on Wall Street

| May 12, 2006
Dallas stockbroker David Johnson tells host Kai Ryssdal that he see the drops in stocks this week as a pause in otherwise strong markets.

Indian students protest affirmative action plan

Miranda Kennedy | May 12, 2006
A proposal that would reserve half the seats at India's most prestigious universities for people from the lowest ranks of society is running into opposition from other students. Miranda Kennedy reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Good fences make good neighbors . . . eh?

| May 12, 2006
The issue of immigration is still rolling around in the American dialogue. Humorist and commentator Tim Bedore has a solution: build a fence. But not just on our border with Mexico. He's taking on Canada as well.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Straight Story: Good moon rising

Chris Farrell | May 12, 2006
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid, and what's the Straight Story. This week: Chris gazes into the economic future and sees everything coming up roses, thanks to emerging markets.
Posted In: Economy

Day in the Work Life: Unusual body of work

| May 12, 2006
Special effects artists for TV's "ER" spend their office hours creating fake trauma victims out of clay and silicon. We observe one of these artists operating.
Posted In: Jobs

Buzzword: Budget reconciliation process

| May 12, 2006
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance, "Budget Reconciliation Process." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for Friday, May 12, 2006

Chris Farrell | May 12, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week: How to get rid of a time-share and the wisdom (or lack thereof) of paying for college with retirement money.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

An open letter to graduates

| May 12, 2006
Summer's here, and the time is right for new college grads to try and figure out what the heck they're supposed to do now. Forbes.com's Liz Moyer offers a few tips.
Posted In: Jobs

Money Matters: Insurance blunders

Kai Ryssdal | May 12, 2006
It's tough enough negotiating the health insurance maze without making easily avoidable mistakes. Consumer Reports senior editor Amanda Walker tells Kai about the common ways patients injure themselves...financially speaking.

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