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Small dreams for college-bound students

Low-income students still face a big barrier to college -- the cost has more than tripled over the past 25 years. And state and federal aid hasn't kept up. So, as Laura Leslie reports, some students may be learning to dream small.

Letters from our listeners

Kai Ryssdal reviews some of the correspondence we've received on Picassos, the Mondavi wine-making family, teaching a man to fish, and Leona Helmsley's dog.

Looking for a new, French face

The Elite model agency is responding to the increasing diversity of Paris. It's searching for talent where residents of North African descent make up one of the largest ethnic minorities. John Laurenson reports.

Small steps taken for troubled borrowers

The Federal Reserve has asked mortgage lenders and loan companies to ease up on subprime borrowers who might be facing foreclosure. Marketplace's Steve Tripoli discusses the details with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Housing, Investing, Wall Street

No Office party for Microsoft

It may seem Microsoft has already taken over the world. But the software maker has taken a hit from a computing group in Switzerland. Its members declined to designate a key Microsoft product as an international standard. Stephen Beard reports.

Southwest raises fares, others follow

Southwest Airlines has been watching its fuel costs rise. So it's passing along those costs to its customers. Bob Moon reports that Southwest's competition is only too happy to go along for the ride.
Posted In: Travel

Mining companies dig deeper

Critics say mining companies are sacrificing safety to get every last lump of coal out of the ground. Jeremy Hobson reports that demand and prices for coal are up, giving companies incentive to mine every inch they can.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

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