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Jul 24, 2008

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Segments From this episode

Home sales drop more than expected

Jul 24, 2008
The housing industry continued its tumble in June with a worse-than-expected 2.5 percent drop in existing home sales. Amy Scott reports.

Ford shifting to smaller cars

Jul 24, 2008
After posting a record second-quarter loss of $8.7 billion, Ford has announced plans to create more small car models. John Dimsdale reports.

Southwest's hedging luck might be up

Jul 24, 2008
Southwest Airlines' secret to success has been hedging fuel when prices were lower. But how much longer can the airline keep up its winning streak? Dan Grech reports.

How will the world see China?

Jul 24, 2008
China is continuing to prepare itself for the global spotlight. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Joshua Ramo, author of "Brand China," how the Olympics may change the way the world's impression of the country.

Companies quiet about DSL sans phone

Jul 24, 2008
Want a high-speed DSL connection without the landline phone service? It's available, but don't expect the phone company to advertise it. Katie Macpherson reports.

Oil spill halts Mississippi River traffic

Jul 24, 2008
An oil spill has brought commercial traffic in the Mississippi River to a halt. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with the Coast Guard's Brendan Brewer about the cleanup effort.

Cheaper gas, but not cheap enough

Jul 24, 2008
Money for gas accounts for a painfully high proportion of some people's paychecks, especially in the rural South, like Wilcox County, Alabama. Tanya Ott reports on how some folks there are barely getting by.

So... what exactly do you do again?

Jul 24, 2008
Anyone ever tell you your job is a joke? Professor and commentator Dan Drezner hears it all the time, especially from his little brother, Jay.

Music from the episode

Wishbone Her Space Holiday
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotel