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Jun 14, 2006

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Our long legacy of slackers

Jun 14, 2006
Tom Lutz talks to host Kai Ryssdal about his new book on the history of slackers in America. You know, like Benjamin Franklin.

Thawing identity theft protection

Jun 14, 2006
Congress is considering a bill that would roll back consumers' ability to freeze their own credit — a move critics say would make it harder for consumers to protect themselves from identity thieves. Amy Scott explains.

Wedding feasts outlawed in Pakistan

Jun 14, 2006
Big, costly weddings are all the rage in Pakistan. So much so that the government dusted off an old law to crack down on the new extravagance it sees as a social problem. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Airbus delay lifts Boeing

Jun 14, 2006
Boeing shares surged Wednesday after Airbus announced its new A380 super-sized jumbo jet wasn't going to be ready as early as promised. Alisa Roth reports.

Hard times for UAW

Jun 14, 2006
The United Auto Workers' ranks have shrunk by more than half in 25 years. But, says commentator Robert Reich, there are still plenty of jobs for American auto workers — it's the quality of jobs that's changed.

Land rush in Biloxi

Jun 14, 2006
Parts of Biloxi, Miss. wiped out by Hurricane Katrina are now prime turf for casinos. Some homeowners are getting big bucks for their storm-ravaged lots. Others won't be so lucky. Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks reports.

FEMA getting battered again

Jun 14, 2006
Congress looked today at an audit that found massive abuse of FEMA relief money. As much as $1.4 billion — or 16% — was spent on things like tropical vacations, a divorce attorney, even a sex change. John Dimsdale reports