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China gets warm welcome Down Under

Scott Tong | Sep 4, 2007
Australia welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintao today. Thanks to a mutually-profitable economic partnership, China has ingratiated itself on both sides of the Aussie political divide. Scott Tong reports.

Not enough commitment to Asia?

Janet Babin | Sep 4, 2007
President Bush is leaving the annual APEC summit a day early this year. That might not sit well with some Asian countries, which has some questioning if we're as engaged as we need to be in that part of the world. Janet Babin reports.

Small dreams for college-bound students

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 4, 2007
Low-income students still face a big barrier to college -- the cost has more than tripled over the past 25 years. And state and federal aid hasn't kept up. So, as Laura Leslie reports, some students may be learning to dream small.

Letters from our listeners

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 4, 2007
Kai Ryssdal reviews some of the correspondence we've received on Picassos, the Mondavi wine-making family, teaching a man to fish, and Leona Helmsley's dog.

Looking for a new, French face

| Sep 4, 2007
The Elite model agency is responding to the increasing diversity of Paris. It's searching for talent where residents of North African descent make up one of the largest ethnic minorities. John Laurenson reports.

Small steps taken for troubled borrowers

Steve Tripoli | Sep 4, 2007
The Federal Reserve has asked mortgage lenders and loan companies to ease up on subprime borrowers who might be facing foreclosure. Marketplace's Steve Tripoli discusses the details with Kai Ryssdal.

No Office party for Microsoft

Stephen Beard | Sep 4, 2007
It may seem Microsoft has already taken over the world. But the software maker has taken a hit from a computing group in Switzerland. Its members declined to designate a key Microsoft product as an international standard. Stephen Beard reports.

Southwest raises fares, others follow

Bob Moon | Sep 4, 2007
Southwest Airlines has been watching its fuel costs rise. So it's passing along those costs to its customers. Bob Moon reports that Southwest's competition is only too happy to go along for the ride.
Posted In: Travel

NYC taxi strike looms

| Sep 4, 2007
Some cab drivers in New York City aren't happy about new regulations that require them to have GPS and credit card systems installed. We speak to one driver about the costs he's facing.
Posted In: New York

Mining companies dig deeper

Jeremy Hobson | Sep 4, 2007
Critics say mining companies are sacrificing safety to get every last lump of coal out of the ground. Jeremy Hobson reports that demand and prices for coal are up, giving companies incentive to mine every inch they can.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

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