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Seeing gold in the golden years

Aug 22, 2005
Senior citizens have become a consumer force to be reckoned with — but no one likes to be told a certain product is perfect for them just 'cause they're older. Blaine Branchik tells host Kai Ryssdal that selling to seniors has always been tricky.

Reading the Big Mac index

Aug 22, 2005
How much does the famous McDonald's hamburger cost in countries around the world? The Big Mac Index shows Latin America is a cheaper place to live than the US. But Claudio Loser with the Inter American Dialogue looked at it another way: how long does it take to earn enough to buy a Big Mac?

Computer science: calling all women

Aug 22, 2005
It's back to the school today at many universities, where young men and women will be filling classrooms. Except maybe in the computer science department — where there just aren't that many women. Sam Eaton reports.

How one big investor thinks

Aug 22, 2005
Yale University's chief investment advisor David Swensen has made the school $8 billion in twenty-plus years, with an average annual return of 16 percent. Lisa Napoli asks him: What's your secret?

Merck loses Vioxx trial

Aug 19, 2005
Kai Ryssdal talks to Helen Palmer about the future for Merck; today a Texas jury found the company liable for the death of a patient who took its painkiller Vioxx. The patient's widow was awarded an initial $253 million.

To Russia with love

Aug 19, 2005
Morgan Stanley has been given a license by the central bank in Moscow to trade Russian stocks and bonds. Host Kai Ryssdal gets the story from David Wells, who covers Wall Street for the <em>Financial Times</em>.

Green energy, greenbacks

Aug 19, 2005
Oil spiked back over $65 today, and concerns about climate change are growing. So it'll come as little surprise that many are placing their bets on a greener shade of industry. Sam Eaton reports.

Movin' on up ... in Costa Rica

Aug 19, 2005
So how do you stretch the dollars you've got? You could skip the latte and pack your own lunch. Or you could head south &mdash; way south. From the Americas Desk at WLRN, Dan Grech traveled to Costa Rica.

If you've got the time, we've got the beer

Aug 19, 2005
Miller Brewing celebrates its 150th birthday this weekend. After a few rocky years, the Milwaukee-based company has poured out some good sales numbers. Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

Israel's Gaza withdrawl

Aug 19, 2005
Things are starting to settle down in Gaza; the Israeli evacuation may be complete by early next week. The country is looking for money to support the relocation process. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

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