Nov 15, 2007

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Learn a lesson from the Dark Ages

Nov 15, 2007
Commentator David Frum says that buying local is laudible, but globalization of the consumer economy has brought unprecedented wealth to more people than ever before. So, do we really want to repeat ancient history?

A local model for global sustainability

Nov 15, 2007
The northern Washington town of Bellingham may be the epicenter of a new economic model for a post-consumerist economy: Locally produced goods and services focused on what surrounding communities need and can sustain.

Bush offers plans to ease air-travel woes

Nov 15, 2007
President Bush today announced plans intended to make Thanksgiving air travel go more smoothly. He also proposed longer-term regulatory changes to make sure passengers are treated more fairly by the airlines. John Dimsdale reports.

GE fund reports 'breaking the buck'

Nov 15, 2007
A bond fund managed by General Electric has had its value fall below 100 cents on the investor's dollar, setting off some alarm bells. Amy Scott reports.

Africa's resources get global attention

Nov 15, 2007
Finance leaders from industrialized and major emerging economies are converging on Cape Town, South Africa for meetings of the Group of Twenty, or G-20. Gretchen Wilson reports that Africa is getting more notice thanks to a strain on global resources.

House bill targets subprime lending

Nov 15, 2007
In an effort to make sure the subprime mortgage meltdown doesn't happen again, the House was set to vote today on a bill that would lay down rules for lending. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
A foreclosure sign hangs in front of a home in Miami.
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Gem buyers back away from Myanmar

Nov 15, 2007
The generals who run Burma's military junta also control a company known as Myanmar Gem Enterprise, whose sales of precious stones bring nearly $300 million into the Burmese economy every year. But the haul might be a little lower this…

Afghan business group eyes fruitful talk

Nov 15, 2007
The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce is trying to increase foreign investment in Afghanistan. They're not having much luck while the shooting's still going on, but they've got some ideas they're working on. Paul Brandus reports.

Music from the episode

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