Marketplace for Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Episode Description 

If demand is down, why aren't prices?

The nationwide average price for a gallon of gas is now $3.53, and there's not much doubt it's going to hit $4 soon enough. But the Energy Department says gasoline demand is actually lower than a year ago. So what's going on? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Economy

Saudis slow to accept working women

To reduce its dependence on foreign workers, Saudi Arabia's government is hiring more women and encouraging the private sector to do the same. But change isn't coming easily. Kelly McEvers reports from Riyadh.
Posted In: Jobs

It's good Social Security didn't change

When the economy and the stock market were humming right along, a lot of people thought it might be a good idea to invest Social Security funds in the market. But commentator Robert Reich says we're lucky we didn't.
Posted In: Retirement

Those Mac users think they're so cool

A new marketing study has found Mac owners tend to think they're more extraordinary than the average Joe. They're also more likely than PC users to whiten their teeth, drive hybrids, drink Starbucks coffee and eat organic food. Andrea Gardner reports.

Rice crisis is 'as bad as it has ever been'

The price of rice is up 146% over a year ago. It's become expensive for Americans and dangerously scarce for the world's poorest consumers. Public policy professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen talks with Kai Ryssdal about the scarcity of the world's main grain.

Genetic testing's future rests on bill

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a bill that would outlaw "genetic discrimination" -- cutting someone's insurance or job based on test results that show a predisposition for a disease. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Crime, Health

Delta-Northwest merger up in the air

Delta and Northwest airlines lost $10.5 billion in the first quarter, with jet fuel costs a big chunk of that. The two companies are hoping to merge, but first they have to persuade antitrust officials. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Travel

Warehouse stores limiting rice sales

Sam's Club, Wal-Mart's warehouse retailer, has joined Costco in limiting sales of some rice to four bags per customer. Sarah Gardner reports on rising food prices and consumer habits.
Posted In: Retail

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