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What do China's rich folks do for fun?

The number of millionaires in China has doubled in just six years to 300,000. And there are now 106 billionaires. For those with a fistful of dollars, there are plenty of people to show them how to spend it. Scott Tong took a trip to a trade fair featuring the finer things.

It's time to look at listener mail

Kai Ryssdal reviews listener letters on health care, immigration, auto electronics, bowl games and, uh, his singing voice.

Bank seeks Islamic balance in business

Noor Islamic Bank, half-owned by the Dubai government, opened its doors this weekend. Its chief executive says he's going on a multibillion-dollar spending spree to corner the market on lending to the world's 1.8 Muslims. Jill Barshay reports.

Huckabee tax plan would be a disaster

A nationwide poll has former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in first place among Republican primary voters. Commentator Len Burman says that makes you wonder how many people have heard about his tax plan.
Posted In: Taxes

Tallying losses from Globes cancellation

Not only NBC is counting up the losses from the cancellation of the Golden Globes award show. The show, called off due to the Hollywood writers strike, meant a lot of business for others as well. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Entertainment

Big players see big demand for video

Demand for video-on-demand may be around the corner, if this year's Consumer Electronics Show is a guide. Comcast, Microsoft and perhaps Apple are involved in video distribution deals. Matthew Garrahan of the Financial Times discusses the details with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

Comcast to offer high-def at high speed

The cable company Comcast made a big splash today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's getting into the high definition video-on-demand business. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

'Prime' homeowners may get help too

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said today the Bush administration may expand a program currently aimed at subprime borrowers to assist those with conventional, or "prime," mortgages. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

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Moon Safari
Golden Path
South Saturn Delta
Six Degrees Collection: Arabian Travels
Island Row
White People