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Dear Kai, Countrywide needs your cash

Kai Ryssdal | Aug 21, 2007
Kai Ryssdal got an invitation from Countrywide in his mail, urging him to apply for a 40-year mortgage. This piqued his interest, since Countrywide's reported to be teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. He got mortgage broker Seth Asher to explain.
Posted In: Housing

Tribune shareholders' OK deal, but next?

Lisa Napoli | Aug 21, 2007
Tribune Company shareholders overwhelmingly said yes to a deal to take the company private. The deal gives them $34 a share. The stock closed at $28 today. But their vote doesn't mean it's a done deal. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Face-off ahead on child healthcare

John Dimsdale | Aug 21, 2007
The White House says it's going to limit states from expanding the federal program that provides healthcare to kids in middle-income families -- even though Congress wants an expansion. John Dimsdale has the details.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Will care for elderly come of age?

Helen Palmer | Aug 21, 2007
With more baby boomers approaching the age where they'll qualify for Medicare coverage, analysts and politicians are wondering how we'll pay for them, and where we'll get the trained doctors to look after them. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

Got an ID for that beer, grandpa?

| Aug 21, 2007
Commentator Benjamin Barber stopped at his local Price Chopper store in Massachusetts last week to grab some beer and groceries. At the register he had an encounter that gave him pause -- and a few choice thoughts.
Posted In: Crime, Retail

It's your turn

| Aug 21, 2007
Marketplace listeners respond to our coverage of carbon offsets, Tim Bedore's commentary on America's infrastructure, and the recent toy recall.

An out-of-this-world-business plan

Kai Ryssdal | Aug 21, 2007
Wealthy entrepreneurs are spending millions of dollars to develop spaceships and a space hotel for what they see as the next big thing: commercial space travel. Author Michael Belfiore has a new book about it. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Travel

Models Don't Work All the Time

Chris Farrell | Aug 21, 2007
The Washington Post has a story on how textbook brilliant Wall Street rocket scientists lacking street smarts blew it. Here's what I take is the...

Another mortgage business goes down

Scott Jagow | Aug 21, 2007
Layoffs at Countrywide made headlines yesterday, even as the company took out full-page newspaper ads to say everything's going to be OK. Meanwhile, Capitol One decided to quit the wholesale mortgage business. We asked Ben Steverman for a reality check.
Posted In: Housing, Wall Street

Will Tribune deal miss the porch?

Lisa Napoli | Aug 21, 2007
This morning the Tribune Company board is supposed to approve an $8 billion deal to take the company private, but between the recent market volatility and a wilting newspaper industry, its original aim might be way off. Lisa Napoli explains.
Posted In: Wall Street