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Segments From this episode
Letters: Our listeners sound off
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.
Credit markets weighing down economy
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.
FDIC sees more banks closing doors
Today the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation warned of more bank failures ahead, with bank earnings dropping 80% from a year ago. John Dimsdale reports.
State's obese workers face bigger bills
Alabama has begun charging more for health insurance to obese employees who don't at least try to trim down. Tanya Ott reports.
Detroit's slowly shifting to efficient cars
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.
It's not what you drive, but how
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.
China laborers don't always fit blueprint
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.
Dems need to consider nuclear energy
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.
Music from the episode
The Letter That Johnny Walker Read Asleep At The Wheel
Airborne My Architects