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President Obama will visit East Asia this week – stopping in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea. All these nations have territorial disputes with China. The president has repeatedly promised a military and diplomatic shift of focus to the region. How much has been spent so far on the "pivot" and is it real? Plus, last week, the deadliest avalanche to rip through Mount Everest killed 13 sherpa guides. It’s prompted the sherpas to ask for better compensation, and threaten a strike, just as the climbing season begins on the mountain. Krissy Clark looks at the central role of the Sherpas in Mount Everest's climbing industry. Then , two railroads are scrambling to comply with a federal order to get fertilizer to Midwestern farmers in time for spring planting. Shipments of crude oil have squeezed out other freight, so much that farmers were being told they wouldn’t get full orders of fertilizer in time. How does oil trump other freight?

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If life gives you eggs, make egg salad

Apr 21, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The poetry of 'bankrupt' and 'nest egg'

Apr 21, 2014
Pondering the etymology, imagery and poetry of the Fed and its friends.

Don't drink coffee as soon as you wake up

Apr 21, 2014
And other workday-maximizing advice from Quartz's Rachel Feltman.

President Obama travels east, still pledging a 'pivot'

Apr 21, 2014
The President will visit East Asia this week – stopping in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.

Prefab apartment buildings on the rise

Apr 21, 2014
Is modular construction poised to take off in the U.S.?

Fertilizer for farmers competes with oil for rail cars

Apr 21, 2014
Farmers say railroads' shipments of crude oil are crowding out the fertilizer they need for spring planting.

Skechers a winner this Boston Marathon

Apr 21, 2014
Meb Keflezighi ran more than 26 miles in 2:08:37. Wearing Skechers.

The costs of climbing Mount Everest

Apr 21, 2014
Sherpas in Nepal consider a strike following last week's avalanche. We look at the influence of money on the most dangerous climb of all.

Why it makes economic sense to send a letter for 49 cents

Apr 25, 2014
For less than the price of a cup of coffee, you can send a letter halfway across the globe. How?

President Obama will visit East Asia this week – stopping in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea. All these nations have territorial disputes with China. The president has repeatedly promised a military and diplomatic shift of focus to the region. How much has been spent so far on the “pivot” and is it real? Plus, last week, the deadliest avalanche to rip through Mount Everest killed 13 sherpa guides. It’s prompted the sherpas to ask for better compensation, and threaten a strike, just as the climbing season begins on the mountain. Krissy Clark looks at the central role of the Sherpas in Mount Everest’s climbing industry. Then , two railroads are scrambling to comply with a federal order to get fertilizer to Midwestern farmers in time for spring planting. Shipments of crude oil have squeezed out other freight, so much that farmers were being told they wouldn’t get full orders of fertilizer in time. How does oil trump other freight?

Music from the episode

To Go Home M. Ward
Vigo Bay Minotaur Shock
Show Me Your Eyes Royal Canoe