Aug 1, 2008

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A recession? Let's try our new checklist

Aug 1, 2008
Kai Ryssdal goes through a handy list of things to look for as you try to figure out whether the American economy is in a recession.

Business leery of employee-rights bill

Aug 1, 2008
At a time when companies are struggling with high fuel costs and a slow economy, they're now also worried that pending legislation and other forces may be helping labor get organized. Steve Henn reports.

US Airways' drink policy may be fluid

Aug 1, 2008
US Airways wants its passengers to pay for in-flight beverages -- $2 for soft drinks, $1 for coffee. But there's a loophole. Bob Moon reports.

Beach Reads: 'Snoop'

Aug 1, 2008
Are there people in your office who plaster their cubicles with stuff like kitten calendars and motivational sayings? Commentator and economist Tyler Cowen introduces us to a book that wonders what all that stuff tells us about those people.

Week on Wall Street

Aug 1, 2008
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Powwow pros keep eyes on prizes

Aug 1, 2008
Powwows used to be local get-togethers. But as Native Americans' casino businesses have grown, prizes for the best powwow dancers have grown, too. The money has created a class of powwow professionals. Sonya Geis reports.

Hot Jobs: A man who battles the blazes

Aug 1, 2008
Northern California has been hit hard this summer by wildfires. So we traveled to Chico to meet Gene Dunning, who battles blazes for the Butte County Fire Department. Another in our Hot Jobs series.

AIDS money is flowing, but unevenly

Aug 1, 2008
The United Nations says fewer people are dying of AIDS, and more are getting medication to treat HIV. But it says more money is needed for treatment and prevention. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jon Cohen, who's been covering the issue for Science magazine.

Music from the episode

White Winter Hymnal Fleet Foxes
Jaybird Comets On Fire