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PODCAST: Phone records, emails, text messages? Oh my

Jun 7, 2013
Jobs report is same old, same old, but consumer confidence is up. Qatar draws is foreign spending spree to a close. And is the government tracking text messages? Should they?

PODCAST: Fed dread, phone drone

Jun 6, 2013
Breaking down 'Fed Dread.' And catching up on the scoop of the day: Government surveillance of phone records.

PODCAST: Drugs, magazines, and bonds

Jun 5, 2013
Can a fallen drug be resurrected? The housing market is up and so are home decor magazines. And rising interest rates are challenging the old adage that bonds and bond funds are always a safe bet.

PODCAST: The good, the bad...and the good

Jun 4, 2013
Bad news is good news for the markets. Would-be first-time homebuyers delay their purchase. And New York introduces new rating systems for teachers.

PODCAST: Apple in court, Doctor MBA's

Jun 3, 2013
Apple goes to court over alleged e-book price fixing. Doctors seeks MBA's to grapple with health care reform. And alternative energies heat up in Africa.

PODCAST: Concert cash, Banking cache

May 31, 2013
Summer concert season kicks off and that means dollar signs for music industry. And is there such a thing as banking in the public interest?

PODCAST: A 1.5 trillion calorie diet

May 30, 2013
1.5 trillion calories disappear. Latin American art rakes in millions at auction. And Newsweek is on the auction block again.

PODCAST: Mortgage rates spike, Colorado River drops

May 29, 2013
Is the era of super-low mortgages over? Tornado victims worry first response donations won't cover long-term needs. And, as drought lowers the Colorado River, conserving water gains urgency.

PODCAST: April showers bring May markets

May 28, 2013
McDonald's looks to slim down...its menu. Stock markets are still up in May. And why doesn't the MLB want baseball to be part of the Olympics?

PODCAST: Bot not, SNAP shot

May 27, 2013
Twitter bots, cheap solar panels, and SNAP benefits for violent offenders.

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About this collection

The price tag for medical care, already big and getting bigger,  looms over Americans.  Retirees see their savings vanish.  Families face tough and often bewildering choices, and uncertainties over Obamacare only add to the confusion. This special section,  produced in collaboration with American Public Media’s Marketplace, examines the soaring out-of-pocket costs of staying healthy, end-of-life care, and  strategies for picking doctors and health plans.   We also explore what doctors facing death can teach us about dying well.