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The cop car to get upgraded

Sep 15, 2011
This final note today, a passing, of sorts. According to the automobile website Jalopnik, the last Ford Crown Victoria rolled off the assembly l...
Posted In: Auto, Ford

Hold that PB&J -- peanut prices are going up

Sep 14, 2011
This final note today, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- and, incidentally, bad news for the children of the Ryssdal household. ...
Posted In: Agriculture, drought, peanut, prices

Sue me

Sep 14, 2011
Remember the dot com crash? Back then one of the best sources of news on the collapsing economy was a chap called Philip Kaplan, alias Pud. He...

Why we love our fans so much

Sep 14, 2011
Benjamin Davis from Greenville SC sent us a very sweet note today....
Posted In: not news

Corporate Studs Unite: Behind Energy Investment

Sep 14, 2011
So Bill Gates, superstar venture capitalist John Doerr, GE boss Jeff Immelt , Bank of America chairman Charles Holliday and former Lockheed Marti...
Posted In: American Energy Innovation Council, bill gates, energy

Elizabeth Warren to run for Senate

Sep 13, 2011
This final note today. Elizabeth Warren's sick and tired and she's not going to take it anymore. So she's going to run for the Senate. She's hopi...
Posted In: elections, Elizabeth Warren, Senate

Increase your gas mileage: A guide to 'hypermiling'

Sep 13, 2011
On today's show, I gave Kai a lesson on hypermiling, a method of driving that can increase your car's gas mileage and in turn save you from spend...
Posted In: gas, gas mileage, hypermiling, saving gas, saving money

Jet-powered school bus takes off

Sep 13, 2011
Sure, The Magic School Bus used to be all the rage. But in the 21st century, we have the jet-powered school bus. The Lincoln, Neb. based bus b...
Posted In: not news

Animated Short: The Amazing Health Care Arms Race

Sep 13, 2011
At the crossroads of our national debate about jobs and our national debate about health care debt... Is the (fictional) city of Hobbs. Its ...
Posted In: animation, cartoon, dr suess, drsuess, Health, health care, Jobs, medicaid, Medicare, politics, video

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A new joint reporting project, “American Futures,” with reporting from Marketplace and The Atlantic, will take journalists on a cross-country trip to document the dramatic economic, technological, cultural, and social changes under way in small towns and cities across the nation. By adapting the long-standing American tradition of discovering the country through an extended coast-to-coast journey, and applying sophisticated mapping technology from the software company Esri, the reporting initiative will showcase the people, communities, companies, and trends that are emerging out of the past decade’s economic, technological, and demographic disruption.