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We've got more than car trouble

Sep 20, 2006
The Big Three U.S. automakers are all in financial trouble, but commentator Robert Reich says Americans have more to be worried about than what's happening in Detroit.

Earmarks need to go

Sep 13, 2006
Congressional leaders are considering new rules to govern the use of earmarks in the appropriations process. But commentator Robert Reich argues they don't go far enough.

Beware stagflation

Sep 6, 2006
Productivity and wage numbers out today suggest that inflationary pressures are building, but commentator Robert Reich says if the Fed raises interest rates, the economy may go into recession.

Displaced poor likely to stay where they land

Aug 30, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues that despite all the rebuilding efforts a year after Hurricane Katrina, little has been done to help New Orleans' displaced poor.

Still waiting for that trickle-down

Aug 23, 2006
President Bush last week touted economic growth and a shrinking deficit. But consumer confidence is at an all-time low. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson calls this disconnect "the $64,000 question." Commentator Robert Reich has an answer.

America losing its competitive edge

Aug 16, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues American businesses need to lobby Congress to bolster science and math education for the sake of American competitiveness.

Goodbye pensions

Aug 9, 2006
Last week, Congress passed a pension reform bill that will no longer allow employers to underfund their pension plans. People might think it'll give them more retirement security. All wrong, says commentator Robert Reich.

Every day should be a tax holiday

Aug 2, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues that most Americans would be better off if we abolished sales taxes in favor of progressive, graduated income taxes.

If you're on vacation, don't listen to this

Jul 26, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich wonders what ever happened to time off, now that everyone brings their Blackberries on vacation.

How can backdating be a good thing?

Jul 20, 2006
The Securities and Exchange Commission has vowed legal action against the backdating of stock options. But commentator Robert Reich says not everyone at the SEC is on board.

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About this collection

Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?

At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”

As part of our Innovators project, we’ll track down the minds and muses behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.

We’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.