May 25, 2007

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Paying for pomp's circumstances

May 25, 2007
In rural Kentucky where Deirdre Gibson grew up, many families struggle to make ends meet. But, as she reports, they're still willing to pay the big bills that go with high school prom, graduation and other rites of passage.

Star Wars sequel: The 30th anniversary

May 25, 2007
Thirty years after a galaxy far, far away transformed the summer blockbuster and prompted sales of $14 billion in merchandise, its fans are celebrating at a convention in L.A. Jeff Tyler checked it out.

Putting lies and fraud on exhibit

May 25, 2007
The Creation Museum opens Monday in Petersburg, Ky. Its displays are predicated on a belief in creationism. Commentator and physicist Lawrence Krauss says don't go. You shouldn't pay to see bad science.

Coke thinks Glaceau is the real thing

May 25, 2007
Coca-Cola announced today it's buying Glaceau, maker of SmartWater and VitaminWater, for $4.2 billion. Coke clearly thinks Glaceau can fortify its bottom line. Steve Tripoli tells why.

India's plastic plague

May 25, 2007
In the past decade India's consumption of plastics has grown 12% percent a year — almost double its average economic growth rate. With that trend comes a nonbiodegradable business opportunity. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Not your father's American Dream

May 25, 2007
A new study reveals that while American men are working harder than the generation before them, they are earning less. Families are keeping pace because two-income households are now the norm. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Week on Wall Street

May 25, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Kai Ryssdal what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Trying to accelerate gas-guzzler sales

May 25, 2007
The auto industry is launching an advertising blitz that urges consumers to buy trucks and SUVs before higher fuel standards possibly take effect. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.