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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The price of milk has fallen due to some states' overproduction. Many schools are turning to private companies to give their dorms an extreme makeover. Kai Ryssdal talks to Dusty White, a participant in the controversial Homeless Hotspots program at South by Southwest in Austin. Gallup's Frank Newport explores whether gas prices really are on the minds of voters this election season. And Heidi Moore discusses the Federal Reserve’s claim that 15 of 19 major banks passed its stress test.

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Sustainability

The rare earth advantage

Rare earths undergoing processing in large steel pipes are cooled off with dripping water at a privately-owned factory on April 21, 2011, one of dozens of operators processing rare earths, iron and coal in a dusty no-man's land on the outskirts of Baotou city in Inner Monglia, northwest China.
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The "Homeless Hotspots" program unveiled at South by Southwest has ignited both outrage and support. But participants in the Front Steps homeless shelter say it's a beneficial program.
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Milk: Cheaper by the gallon

Dairy products prices are falling in the U.S. worldwide. What’s behind the fall in milk prices? Bigger herds and warmer winter weather. Here, cows eat a mixture of alfalfa, hay and corn at the Kehoe Dairy in Point Reyes Station, Calif.
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