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Today begins our series "Beyond payday loans," a investigation in collaboration with Propublica that focuses on installment loans, a kind of loan that can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt for years. In Washington, D.C., 501(c)4 nonprofit groups are increasingly partisan lobbying machines on both the left and right. Who can get this tax-exempt status and what are the boundaries for political activism? Also, we track the life of a soybean -- sort of. A Supreme Court ruling protect Monsanto, which controls 90 percent of the expanding soybean production in the U.S. and Latin America.

Segments From this episode

Flying cars do exist -- but they're not exactly safe yet

May 13, 2013
The Maverick, as this flying car was called, hit a tree and crashed last week.

The problem behind the business of installment loans

May 13, 2013
World Finance of Greenville, S.C., rakes in half-a-billion dollars a year providing small loans to subprime borrowers. Thanks to an ever-deepening cycle of debt, business is good.

Upfront for TV networks: Build brands, loyalty

May 13, 2013
Television executives pitch advertisers on their new lineups this week in elaborate presentations called upfronts. But can the networks still compete with cable?

Are 501(c)4 nonprofit groups too partisan?

May 13, 2013
They’re called social-welfare organizations, but 501(c)4 nonprofit groups are increasingly partisan lobbying machines on both the left and right. Who can get this tax-exempt status?
The IRS building in Washington, D.C.
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Monsanto: The behemoth that controls 90 percent of soybean production

May 13, 2013
The Supreme Court ruling protects a company that controls 90 percent of the expanding soybean production in the U.S. and Latin America; what has followed from Monsanto’s dominance?

Why is my bank offering me more cash back rewards?

May 13, 2013
Banks are desperate to get new business from stable, responsible borrowers. So they're amping up the credit card perks.

In Bangladesh, workers react and protest

May 13, 2013
The Bangladesh government makes it easier for garment workers to join trade unions. But will that spark the change factor workers are hoping for?

Today begins our series “Beyond payday loans,” a investigation in collaboration with Propublica that focuses on installment loans, a kind of loan that can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt for years. In Washington, D.C., 501(c)4 nonprofit groups are increasingly partisan lobbying machines on both the left and right. Who can get this tax-exempt status and what are the boundaries for political activism? Also, we track the life of a soybean — sort of. A Supreme Court ruling protect Monsanto, which controls 90 percent of the expanding soybean production in the U.S. and Latin America.

Music from the episode

Yet Again Grizzly Bear
Yet Again Grizzly Bear
Windows Broken Bells
Windows Broken Bells
Reality RJD2
Reality RJD2