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Retiring to Costa Rica has some surprises

Aug 24, 2005
Some Americans are looking beyond the retirement havens of Florida and Arizona to places abroad, like Costa Rica. But it seems Americans are exporting the very cost of living they are trying to escape. Dan Grech reports.

Trouble for the bubble?

Aug 24, 2005
If you were thinking of buying a house last month, maybe you just gave up: the sale of existing homes dropped off 2.6 percent in July. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on the prospects for real estate.

How's your SUV's MPG?

Aug 23, 2005
The Transportation Department today proposed raising the minimum mileage for sport utility vehicles and light trucks. John Dimsdale reports the new rules would be a (small) step in the right direction.

Buying a home in San Franscisco

Aug 23, 2005
Sales of existing homes slid 2.6 percent in July. That's partly because interest rates were up, and the median home price hit an all-time high. San Francisco is trying to take the edge off — Cheryl Glaser reports.

Forth & Towne: not a place, a state of mind

Aug 23, 2005
Tomorrow in West Nyack New York Gap will open a store called Forth and Towne — it targets shoppers 35 and older with "a new women's apparel retail concept." Host Kai Ryssdal talks to marketing expert Seth Godin.

Killer sentences

Aug 23, 2005
Author Don Watson says tortured phrases are creeping into corporate and daily life more and more. He's written a book called <em>Death Sentences</em>. And he tells host Kai Rysdall about one that just went too far.

Saving children in the developing world

Aug 23, 2005
It's hard to accept: 9 million children under the age of 5 die each year in the developing world. What if there was a magic pill that could prevent many of those deaths? A study out today in the British journal <em>The Lancet</em> says there is one. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

Nice idea: patent it.

Aug 23, 2005
If you have a great invention, you better darn well get a patent. In a global economy dominated by intellectual property, patents are more critical than ever. As you might imagine, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is awfully busy. Stephen Henn reports it's struggling to keep its people.

Fabricating a future in Swaziland

Aug 22, 2005
China and the US may sign a big textile agreement next month. Other countries have textile industries at risk, too &mdash; and it's all they can do to keep investors from pulling up stakes and leaving. Megan Williams has our story.

Short stories, teeny price

Aug 22, 2005
Today a gallon of gas or fancy cup of coffee costs about three bucks. But you can get a short story from Amazon.com for just 49 cents. Marketplace's Hillary Wicai eyes the cheap download offer.

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