Episode Description 

Less is more at the fast food drive-thru

Fast food joints adjusting to a down economy are finding many consumers want more than just value in their extra-value meals. Andrea Gardner explains.
Posted In: Food

More to piracy than 'maritime mugging'

Professor Peter Leeson talks with Kai Ryssdal about high-seas piracy, and what we can learn about Somali pirates from their 18th century forebearers.
Posted In: Books, Crime

Raise gas tax to get more efficient cars

The Obama administration is making fuel-efficiency regulations tougher. Commentator Paul Kedrosky says these reforms don't make much economic sense and offers an alternative to get more efficient cars built.
Posted In: Oil

Indiana town builds hope on machinery

Muncie, Ind., was once a manufacturing hub, but the recession has taken nearly all of those jobs away. So the city is banking on a new piece of machinery to help get it somewhat back on track. Kai Ryssdal reports.

Commission to look at causes of crisis

A new commission will look at what caused America's financial crisis. Sen. Kent Conrad helped co-author the bill to create the commission and talks with Kai Ryssdal about what he expects to find.

U.K. outlook downgraded, U.S. next?

Standard & Poor's has downgraded the UK's economic outlook from stable to negative. Could the U.S. be next? Stephen Beard reports.

Furloughs hit private sector

Soon many state and county offices will be temporarily closed as employees take unpaid leave. But it's not just local governments adopting furloughs to cut costs. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Savings

Why does GMAC need more money?

GMAC, the auto finance arm of General Motors, is set to collect billions in government aid. Why does it need more money and is this unfair to other automakers? Tamara Keith reports.
Posted In: Auto

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Europa And The Pirate Twins (Extended Version)
Thomas Dolby
More Than This
Roxy Music
Uncle Tupelo
Movement (Instrumental)
The Shanghai Restoration Project
In A Big Country
Big Country