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A day for the people's business

Town Meeting day has been a Vermont tradition. But attendance is down and the direct-democracy habit is fading. A bill in the state legislature hopes to revive the tradition. John Dillon reports.

Office rule: No assholes

You know those people in your office who love making your life miserable? Your boss? A co-worker? Author Bob Sutton says we should have a rule against them. They're bad for morale and business. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Jobs

A little name-calling between giants

Microsoft's corporate counsel for copyright, trademark and trade secrets gave a speech in New York today, claiming Google has a cavalier attitude toward copyright. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Crime

Computer crime gets organized

A growing number of computer hackers are recruiting tech-savvy students and professionals to help them commit cyber-crimes. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Why is military hospital in sick shape?

President Bush announced his plans to investigate the problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Kai Ryssdal talks with expert Gordon Adams about some of the causes for those problems.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Dividing up the Homeland Security pie

The Senate is considering different formulas for distributing Homeland Security funding. But regional squabbling threatens to derail plans to get a bill approved soon. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Worker productivity dips

Productivity is slowing, which means companies are getting less out of their workers. Kai Ryssdal gets a quick assessment on the economic significance from investment advisor Hugh Johnson.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Give shareholders a voice on CEO pay

The way to control CEOs' excessive salaries and benefits is to give shareholders an advisory vote, says commentator Nell Minow.
Posted In: Investing