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Chris Farrell on housing

Sep 15, 2005
Financial expert Chris Farrell says we should stick a fork in the housing bubble: it's done. He tells host Scott Jagow that even before Katrina, economic forces were at work to cool the super-heated housing market.

Making Afghanistan work

Sep 15, 2005
Afghanis go to the polls this weekend to elect the country's first parliament in 25 years. Six candidates have been assassinated in the run-up to the elections; Miranda Kennedy reports on efforts to stem the bloodshed.

International wines

Sep 15, 2005
The US and Europe have rarely been in the giving spirit when it comes to wine.But, after 20 years of fighting, the two sides have struck a vintage deal. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Delta and Northwest file for bankruptcy

Sep 14, 2005
Today 4 of the top 7 airlines in this country are now in bankruptcy: that's 47 percent of the seats flown by major US carriers. Delta and Northwest joined United and US Air in Chapter 11. Cheryl Glaser has the story.

Sub-prime mortgages go to minorities

Sep 14, 2005
A sub-prime mortgage is one where interest is typically two percentage points <em>higher</em> than the prime rate. Research out today finds African Americans are 3 times as likely to pay that higher rate than Caucasians, and Hispanics are twice as likely &#8212; regardless of income. Amy Scott has more.

Digital medical records on the horizon?

Sep 14, 2005
A set of studies today in the journal Health Affairs suggests if we all had electronic medical records, there could be big savings. But Helen Palmer reports from the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH that it's a big "if."

Looking forward to Bush

Sep 14, 2005
Tomorrow night President Bush takes Hurricane Katrina into prime time with a speech to the nation. Marketplace's Scott Tong takes a look at which ideas may be in the hopper.

What do think tanks think?

Sep 14, 2005
Paul Light used to be at the liberal think tank the Brookings Institution; now he teaches at New York University. He tells host Kai Ryssdal that interest groups <em>and</em> lawmakers see Katrina aid as just one more opportunity.

A stroke of luck for transplants

Sep 14, 2005
Many of those who've been getting their mail at Houston's Astrodome have moved on. City officials hope to close some of the big shelters this weekend. Hillary Wicai reports Houston's getting some help from the outside.

Wal-Mart: love it or hate it

Sep 14, 2005
WalMart's been sued for gender discrimination, immigration troubles and now sweatshop conditions in other coutries. But it's pledged $17 million and truckloads of supplies to help flood victims. Can money buy Wal-Mart love?

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