Marketplace for Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Episode Description 

Dems need to consider nuclear energy

Commentator Will Marshall says there's a missing element in the Democratic party's platform that needs to be looked at more closely -- the future of nuclear power.

China laborers don't always fit blueprint

Big budgets and cheap labor are fueling rapid development in many Chinese cities. But with all the opportunity for architecture and construction firms comes a bit of risk -- the workforce. Lisa Chow reports.

It's not what you drive, but how

When the flow of traffic just isn't in your favor, the thing to remember is that it's not really about you. It's likely your fellow drivers who are responsible. Tom Vanderbilt, who makes that point in his book, "Traffic," explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Travel

Detroit's slowly shifting to efficient cars

For all the talk about building smaller, more fuel-efficient models, Detroit's automakers are just now taking some simple steps to improve the mileage of the cars they sell. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Auto

State's obese workers face bigger bills

Alabama has begun charging more for health insurance to obese employees who don't at least try to trim down. Tanya Ott reports.
Posted In: Health

FDIC sees more banks closing doors

Today the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation warned of more bank failures ahead, with bank earnings dropping 80% from a year ago. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Credit markets weighing down economy

Some experts are whispering that the economy may be bouncing back. Key indicators released today might bolster their opinions. But poke around the credit markets and not everybody likes what they see. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Economy

Letters: Our listeners sound off

Kai Ryssdal reviews listener comments to our coverage of New Orleans three years after Hurricane Katrina, college exams for 8th graders, and the Monsanto CEO's views on genetically modified crops.

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