Marketplace for Monday, June 28, 2008

Episode Description 

Federal deficit expands to record level

The Bush administration estimates that, even if you don't count the cost of two wars, the federal deficit will exceed $480 billion in 2009. How will all that red ink affect the next president's plans? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Reduced driving threatens highway fund

Americans drove 9 billion fewer miles in May this year over last year. As drivers cut back, the income from gas taxes which fund highway repairs and maintenance is dropping, too. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Kraft keeps cooking in hard times

As the economy drives consumers to eat more meals at home, food giant Kraft is in a position to profit. Even with higher costs, it's second-quarter results showed its bottom line got fatter. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Food

Bank sales bring out bargain hunters

Buyers are coming back to the housing market to take advantage of banks desperate to get rid of foreclosed homes. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Housing

Best Beach Reads: 'Babbitt'

Commentator and economist Susan Lee kicks off our series on summer beach reads with Sinclair Lewis' "Babbitt."
Posted In: Books

Local growers help companies cut costs

Buying locally grown food is good PR for companies. But it turns out that, with rising diesel prices, there's a lot more to gain than a good reputation. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food, Oil

Team building, summer-camp style

Looking to laugh off those Monday office blues? Host Kai Ryssdal talks with author John Austin about his office-prank guidebook, "Cubicle Warfare." And the Marketplace staff tries out a few of the gags.
Posted In: Jobs

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