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Kai Ryssdal reviews listener comments to our coverage of New Orleans three years after Hurricane Katrina, college exams for 8th graders, and the Monsanto CEO's views on genetically modified crops.
Some experts are whispering that the economy may be bouncing back. Key indicators released today might bolster their opinions. But poke around the credit markets and not everybody likes what they see. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
For all the talk about building smaller, more fuel-efficient models, Detroit's automakers are just now taking some simple steps to improve the mileage of the cars they sell. Steve Henn reports.
When the flow of traffic just isn't in your favor, the thing to remember is that it's not really about you. It's likely your fellow drivers who are responsible. Tom Vanderbilt, who makes that point in his book, "Traffic," explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Big budgets and cheap labor are fueling rapid development in many Chinese cities. But with all the opportunity for architecture and construction firms comes a bit of risk -- the workforce. Lisa Chow reports.
Commentator Will Marshall says there's a missing element in the Democratic party's platform that needs to be looked at more closely -- the future of nuclear power.