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Marketplace for Thursday, July 24, 2008

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So... what exactly do you do again?

Anyone ever tell you your job is a joke? Professor and commentator Dan Drezner hears it all the time, especially from his little brother, Jay.
Posted In: Jobs

Cheaper gas, but not cheap enough

Money for gas accounts for a painfully high proportion of some people's paychecks, especially in the rural South, like Wilcox County, Alabama. Tanya Ott reports on how some folks there are barely getting by.
Posted In: Oil

Oil spill halts Mississippi River traffic

An oil spill has brought commercial traffic in the Mississippi River to a halt. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with the Coast Guard's Brendan Brewer about the cleanup effort.
Posted In: Oil

Companies quiet about DSL sans phone

Want a high-speed DSL connection without the landline phone service? It's available, but don't expect the phone company to advertise it. Katie Macpherson reports.
Posted In: Internet

How will the world see China?

China is continuing to prepare itself for the global spotlight. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Joshua Ramo, author of "Brand China," how the Olympics may change the way the world's impression of the country.

Southwest's hedging luck might be up

Southwest Airlines' secret to success has been hedging fuel when prices were lower. But how much longer can the airline keep up its winning streak? Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Oil, Travel

Ford shifting to smaller cars

After posting a record second-quarter loss of $8.7 billion, Ford has announced plans to create more small car models. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Auto

Home sales drop more than expected

The housing industry continued its tumble in June with a worse-than-expected 2.5 percent drop in existing home sales. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Housing

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In the Aeroplane over the Sea
Let's Get Quiet Vol. 2
Trip Tease
Well Well Well
Get Lucky