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Aug 3, 2009

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Boost from 'Clunkers' won't last long

Aug 3, 2009
The "Cash for Clunkers" plan sent latent car buyers flocking to dealerships and sharply increased July car sales for Ford, GM and Chrysler. But some say the plan has only short-term positive effects and is attracting the wrong buyers. Alisa…

Predicting upturn is risky business

Aug 3, 2009
Some analysts think the recession is at an end, but would you be willing to bet on it? That's what some businesses have to do as they decide how many employees to hire and how much inventory to order for…

Africa resists lure of tobacco companies

Aug 3, 2009
International tobacco companies are cultivating millions of new smokers in Africa and other developing nations. Now the continent is a battleground between tobacco companies and the activists who want to stop them. Gretchen Wilson reports.

The pros and cons of required 401Ks

Aug 3, 2009
President Obama is considering a plan that would require companies to open up and contribute to 401ks for their employees. Kai Ryssdal talks with Duke professor and behavioral economist Dan Ariely about why Americans have such a hard time saving…

Alabama county in slow budget battle

Aug 3, 2009
Alabama's most populated county has placed 1,000 employees on unpaid administrative leave to deal with its budget situation. Local politicians are rushing to find new revenue and appealing to state legislators for help. Tanya Ott reports.

As jobs evolve, so should tax code

Aug 3, 2009
The era of steady, lifelong 9-to-5 employment seems to be waning. These days more people work for themselves or telecommute for different firms. Commentator Amelia Tyagi says the tax code needs to adapt to a changing workforce.

Advertisers eye spendy DINK couples

Aug 3, 2009
The DINK (Dual Income, No Kids) lifestyle is helping thousands of people beat the recession. Working couples without the high cost of childcare are left with lots of extra cash, and advertisers are starting to take notice. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Music from the episode

Enola Gay - Remastered Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Smoke Medeski, Martin & Wood
Loaded Primal Scream