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Oct 23, 2007

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Countrywide tries changing bad to good

Oct 23, 2007
Countrywide Financial Corp. is promising to reach out to 82,000 of its borrowers and refinance or modify around $16 billion in home loans. Consumer advocates say it's about time. Bob Moon reports.

New rules open more workers to 401k's

Oct 23, 2007
The Labor Department has announced new rules that make it easier for companies to automatically enroll workers in retirement plans like 401k's. And the government will favor investments that take some risks. Sarah Gardner reports.

Blue Card: Don't leave home without it?

Oct 23, 2007
In an effort to attract highly skilled immigrant workers, the European Union is proposing its version of the U.S. "green card" visa. It would offer faster approval and employment guarantees. And it has U.S. businesses worried. Dan Grech reports.

Doing legal battle with terrorism funders

Oct 23, 2007
The Bush Administration has had a difficult time fully prosecuting organizations accused of financing terrorism. Kai Ryssdal talks with Dennis Lormel, who ran the FBI's terrorist financing task force, about uncovering these funding networks.

Once burned, twice shy?

Oct 23, 2007
The insurance bill from the Southern California wildfires could total into the billions of dollars. Will that change how we live? Kai Ryssdal asked Martin Grace, a professor of risk management, what he thinks.

Being too poor not to go to the dump

Oct 23, 2007
Sometimes it's not how much you pay but where you find things. Commentator Mary Annette Pember says for Native Americans, the town dump has historically been a key part of the economy.

Getting more power out of using less

Oct 23, 2007
Rising construction costs and concerns over global warming legislation have caused utilities to cancel plans for 16 new coal-fired power plants in recent months. Instead, they're opting for something much cheaper -- conservation. Sam Eaton reports.

Music from the episode

Seventeen Years Ratatat
Waiting Room Fugazi
Mid Atlantic Asheru and Blue Black of The Unspoken Heard
Mid Atlantic Asheru and Blue Black of The Unspoken Heard