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Nov 19, 2007

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Segments From this episode

Iran waves goodbye to dollar

Nov 19, 2007
Iran announced today it will no longer use the lowly dollar to price its oil. Should Americans be worried about a global abandonment of their currency? John Dimsdale reports.

Commercial property feels credit crunch

Nov 19, 2007
New evidence out today shows that losses from subprime mortgages have spread to the commercial real estate sector. Janet Babin reports.

Food banks: Less supply, more demand

Nov 19, 2007
Food banks across the country say they're struggling with a lack of donations and more hungry people to feed. Alisa Roth explains why.

How do they analyze holiday sales?

Nov 19, 2007
Most analyst estimates for this year's holiday retail sales are for about a 4% increase over last year. But how do they know? Marshall Cohen, the chief analyst at the market research firm NPD Group, explains to Kai Ryssdal.

What about the teachers?

Nov 19, 2007
Strikes have forced TV sitcoms and late-night talk shows to air reruns and Broadway shows to go dark. But commentator and striking writer Sandra Tsing Loh says consider the teachers.

Food riots roil India's West Bengal state

Nov 19, 2007
Riots have broken out over the last month in India's state of West Bengal, with poor village folk complaining they've gone hungry as their government-supplied food rations have been sold on the open market. Sunita Thakur reports.

Chinese get more flexible about plastic

Nov 19, 2007
China has ordered its banks to take money out of circulation as a way to cool the country's red-hot economy just a little bit. But Chinese consumers aren't necessarily playing along. Correspondent Scott Tong says they've discovered the joys of…

Are you feeling lucky? Google is

Nov 19, 2007
A lot has changed for Google since it began searching in 1998. But on its crisp, white homepage one little button has managed to stick around all these years. Brendan Newnam decided to find out why.

Music from the episode

The Deviant Career Spunkshine
A Sailor's Warning Red Stars Theory
Guitar Miniature North Sea Radio Orchestra
Guitar Miniature North Sea Radio Orchestra