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Mar 21, 2008

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Segments From this episode

Are the clouds parting this Good Friday?

Mar 21, 2008
Between bank bailouts, a lower number of housing starts and a credit crunch, there doesn't seem to be much to be optimism about in the U.S. economy. But Bob Moon reports that with a slight dollar upswing and a rise in exports, we may be soon seeing sunnier days.

China's biggest bank sells off bonds

Mar 21, 2008
China's biggest bank will sell more than $1 billion in bonds, backed by Chinese corporate loans, to fellow Chinese banks. It's good timing, with U.S. banks in disarray, but Chinese corporations aren't as transparent as their Western counterparts. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
A customer leaves a branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Shanghai, 18 January 2008.
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A campaign fundraising revolution?

Mar 21, 2008
FEC disclosures reveal a large percentage of donations to the two Democratic presidential nominees have come through small contributions via the Web. Does this mean the end of dependence on big donors for political campaigns? Steve Henn reports.

Taiwan's brain and China's braun

Mar 21, 2008
Taiwan goes to the polls to choose the next president of the island nation, and for most voters the deciding factor is a candidate's stance on relations with mainland China. But as Scott Tong reports, Taiwan and China are economically intertwined even if they are politically at odds.

Week on Wall Street

Mar 21, 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.

Plenty of Hoover to go around

Mar 21, 2008
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently attacked President Bush by equating him with Herbert Hoover. Economic historian Amity Shlaes explains why comparing any politician to Hoover is so insulting -- and how, in these confusing economic times, there's plenty of blame to go around.

Mag looks for Latina bride matchup

Mar 21, 2008
The bridal business is a $69-billion industry, one that a new Spanish-language magazine is hoping to cash in on. Caitlan Carroll reports on the launch of Bodas USA, the first American bridal magazine written entirely in Spanish.

Music from the episode

Minor Swing Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Quintette du Hot Club de France
Dame Un Cachito Pa'Huele Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos
Dame Un Cachito Pa'Huele Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos