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Lessons in online ticket scalping

Dec 5, 2006
Reporter Steve Knopper spent 38 days trying to turn a profit from scalping concert tickets for WIRED Magazine. He tells host Kai Ryssdal about his discoveries.

Food safety system called into question

Dec 5, 2006
Consumer Reports cautions today that a large percentage of chicken sold in the U.S. contains illness-causing bacteria. Critics say the report is flawed. John Dimsdale has details.

Driving terrorism from the Philippines

Dec 5, 2006
The U.S. is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the Philippines in hopes of derailing efforts by militant insurgents to recruit from its sizable Muslim population. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Gift shopping on $100 budget

Dec 5, 2006
The holidays are fast approaching, but what happens when you're seriously in debt before the shopping season even begins? A woman named Virginia tells us how she faced Christmas $50,000 in the red.

Wall Street's happy. . . how 'bout you?

Dec 5, 2006
Productivity inched up in the third quarter while wage growth slowed and factory orders plunged. What are all these numbers really saying about the economy? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
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Hoarding the wealth

Dec 5, 2006
Two percent of the richest people own more than half the world's wealth, says a study on poverty today — and almost all of them live in first-world countries. Dan Grech reports.

Mr. Gates, fix the budget plan first

Dec 5, 2006
Almost half a trillion dollars has been spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But there's an even higher price to pay if the Pentagon can't figure out how to plan a budget, says commentator Gordon Adams.