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Jack Daniel's master distiller retires

Feb 27, 2008
After 40 years with the company, Jimmy Bedford is retiring from his position as the master distiller for Jack Daniel's. Kai Ryssdal talks with him about how he helped make the signature whiskey.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Jobs

Freddie & Fannie lose their caps

Feb 27, 2008
Federal regulators for the mortgage securitizers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are lifting restrictions on the growth of their mortgage holdings. The caps had been put in place as a response to accounting errors in both companies. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Hard times for Latino construction

Feb 27, 2008
Construction went from being a leading contributor to employment growth to a leading source of unemployment. Dan Grech reports from a community near Miami that the Latino population has suffers a particular loss.
Posted In: Housing, Jobs

Bernanke talks of Fed's 'conundrum'

Feb 27, 2008
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke meets with Congress today to give an economic report, and many are watching for signs of additional rate cuts. Jeremy Hobson reports how the chairman may describe the Fed's current situation.
Posted In: Economy

Oil industry needs fill-up of skilled labor

Feb 26, 2008
With oil demand and prices at all-time highs, American oil companies are desperately trying to find more skilled workers. Schools are responding by pumping up programs to increase the flow of technicians. Kate Archer Kent reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Science

Inflation, home prices go opposite ways

Feb 26, 2008
There was a big jump in wholesale prices in January showing inflation is rising faster than it has since 1981. Yet home prices are on a steep decline. Jill Barshay reports on what the conflicting figures say about the economy.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Jobs, Retail

Judges play with mortgage payments

Feb 26, 2008
The Senate could vote on a bill that would let bankruptcy judges reset the terms of mortgages to keep stave off foreclosing. But some analysts worry this could cut the value for homeowners. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Housing

Bigger isn't always better for business

Feb 25, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy says American businesses' desire to keep getting bigger leads to bureaucracy over humanity. Instead, he says, companies should strive to do more with less. (One in a series.)
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

FEMA trailers raise formaldehyde fears

Feb 25, 2008
More than 300 FEMA trailer residents have requested formaldehyde testing after experiencing respitory problems. FEMA claims the trailers were built according to Federal standards, but many believe those standards are not tough enough. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Housing

High prices eat into food relief efforts

Feb 25, 2008
As food prices continue to rise, humanitarian food relief groups including the World Food Programme are feeling the squeeze. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Bob Bell from the relief group CARE on what his group is doing to combat high costs.
Posted In: Economy

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