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. . . and what he didn't say

Mar 31, 2008
There are many things the Treasury secretary's plan won't do -- like rein in the loosely regulated hedge fund industry, or crack down on things like mortgage-backed securities or credit-default swaps. Amy Scott reports on what Henry Paulson didn't say.

What the Treasury secretary said . . .

Mar 31, 2008
Treasury Secy. Henry Paulson Jr. uses the word stability 21 times as he announces the administration's proposal for new financial market rules and regulations. John Dimsdale reports.

There's the plan, then the execution

Mar 31, 2008
Treasury Secy. Paulson admits that, this being a presidential election year, nothing much is going to happen with his announced regulation plan anytime soon. Kai Ryssal talks about it with Joe Grundfest, who used to sit on the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Paulson's speech won't do much

Mar 31, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says Secretary Paulson made a good sales pitch, but he's short on substance.

Farmers negotiate trickier balancing act

Mar 31, 2008
An Agriculture Department report says farmers are planning to plant more soybeans than last year. As they're getting ready for the planting season, those farmers are trying to navigate some complicated finances. Adriene Hill reports.

Cholesterol medications found lacking

Mar 31, 2008
Traders dumped shares of Merck and Schering-Plough today on news that cholesterol-lowering medications the companies made and marketed didn't do much for other symptoms of heart disease -- and might make them worse. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Railroads say they're staying on track

Mar 31, 2008
The amount of cargo being shipped by train has dropped as the U.S. economy has slowed and imports have declined. But the freight-train business still hasn't gone off the rails. Jeff Tyler reports.

'Upfronts' are changing channels

Mar 31, 2008
"The upfronts" -- the events where TV networks tell advertisers what's on and advertisers plunk down billions to buy time -- are going to be a bit different this year, beginning this week. Joe Adalian, the TV editor at Variety, explains to Kai Ryssdal.

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The Old Apartment Barenaked Ladies