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Apr 15, 2008

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We need a broader tax base. But how?

Apr 15, 2008
Presidential candidates are making their cases for change to the federal tax system. But commentator and economist James Poterba says trying to change the tax code will be tricky, no matter who's in the White House.

Food, fuel costs put businesses in pinch

Apr 15, 2008
Inflation on wholesale goods jumped 1.1.% in March, more than double the forecast. So-called "core" prices, excluding energy and food, rose 0.2%. That core price, though, doesn't mean much to businesses struggling to keep from passing soaring costs onto consumers. Sarah Gardner reports.

Textbook costs getting hard to cover

Apr 15, 2008
A growing chunk of college costs is the price of textbooks, on which the typical undergraduate spends $900 a year. So a group of college professors is calling for low-priced and free texts online. Congress is getting involved, too. Jill Barshay reports.

Some listeners got it, some didn't

Apr 15, 2008
Kai Ryssdal reviews listeners' comments on Sunday alcohol sales, national service programs, and our April Fool's joke that just keeps going.

A look inside 'Bush's Law'

Apr 15, 2008
Eric Lichtblau, author of "Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice," talks with host Kai Ryssdal about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program and other covert tactics.

Turning video games into movies

Apr 15, 2008
Hollywood sometimes uses video-game ideas for movies. But now gamers are making movies out of the games themselves. It's fun and games only until the lawyers get involved. David Chong reports.

Is getting bigger the way to fly?

Apr 15, 2008
The merger of Northwest and Delta creates the world's largest airline, and it could prompt more consolidation in commercial aviation. But is bigger necessarily better? Jeremy Hobson reports.

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