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The fragile balance of global trade

Aug 31, 2005
Whether it's a hurricane or 9-11, a major disaster can make us re-examine our infrastructure. Like fancy systems we've devised for just-in-time inventories and job outsourcing. Writer and commentator Barry Lynn takes a look.

A moderate Muslim voice

Aug 22, 2005
Last night in London, hundreds of young people — mainly Middle Easterners — gathered to hear a speaker named Amr Khaled. Writer and commentator Shereen El Feki hears hope in his message.

Gaza's next step: filling the coffers

Aug 16, 2005
It has been anything but calm today Gaza, as midnight was the deadline for Jewish settlers to leave the occupied territory or be removed by Israeli soldiers. Commentator Robert Hunter says that what really matters is for the region is cold hard cash.

"Day in the Work Life": Sommelier

Jun 10, 2005
On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we sniff, sip and swirl with a Sommelier.

The Mailbag for June 3, 2005

Jun 3, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on creating a personalized retirement account, gifting stocks and bonds, and improving a credit score.

Mortgage "rescue" schemes

Jun 2, 2005
A new report from the <a href="" target="_blank">National Consumer Law Center</a> says that Americans across the country are being cheated out of their homes by mortgage scams. And thanks to a confluence of economic forces, the number of victims is expected to rise.

"Day in the Work Life": Pastry Chef

Apr 29, 2005
This week, three Americans won the World Cup of Baking championship in Paris. The competition is a grueling eight-hour event, requiring teams to bake more than 80 baguettes, 90 pastries, and 160 mini-sandwiches. On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our regular look at how folks trade their time for money... a puff piece on a pastry chef.

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"Day in the Work Life": Cowboy Poet

Apr 22, 2005
April is National Poetry Month. So, on this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we start a campfire with a poet of the prairie.

From The Money Matters Desk: A Consumer Report on Buying Wine

Aug 28, 2004
On this week's "Money Matters" - our regular look at how to improve your bottom line-- we've got some beverage tips just in time for your Labor Day celebration. If you are sick of picking up a six-pack when the invite says BYOB, why not choose a bottle of wine instead? Kai asks Randy Clement, the co-owner of Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, for help in selecting wine.

Personal finance for graduates

Jul 3, 2004
About a million and a half college seniors got their diplomas this spring. Next comes the real world and a long, long list of things to do. Find a job...for one. Get a place to live...for another. But what about a trip back to the classroom? Several studies give college graduates an F when it comes to understanding personal finance. If it's just too early to think about course registration, we're happy to offer this crash course. Nancy Farghalli has it.