Marketplace for Tuesday, October 2, 2007

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Contractors and soldiers

The U.S. government says there are about 190,000 private contractors in Iraq, supporting 163,000 U.S. troops. Andrew Haeg has the story of two of them -- one civilian, one military.
Posted In: Crime

States move to close drug data mining

Information about which drugs doctors prescribe for you often ends up in the hands of big drug companies, which use it to market their products. But some states are passing laws to ban the practice. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

You clicked on that 'Contact' link

Kai Ryssdal airs listeners' thoughts and opinions on our coverage of the General Motors strike, mystery shoppers, music file-sharing and more.

Private services fill troop shortage

In the Iraq war, the spotlight is on the large-scale privatization of what used to be military functions. Kai Ryssdal talked with Steve Schooner, a George Washington University professor who has studied the role of private contractors.

Oil prices expected to climb again

Oil prices finished just above $80 a barrel today. But some speculate prices could be well higher by the new year. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Retail

Defense bill free of major conflicts

Senators are considering a defense spending bill that, at nearly $460 billion, won't pay a dime for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democratic leaders have postponed that debate until later this year. John Dimsdale reports.

If costs are higher, performance worse...

Erik Prince, CEO of the private-security firm Blackwater, defended his company's performance in Iraq before the House Oversight Committee today. Kai Ryssdal has more.

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