Feb 19, 2008

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Auction-rate bond fallout continues

Feb 19, 2008
Signs of fallout from losses in auction-rate securities issued by cities, hospitals, and schools are beginning to rattle those institutions. Jill Barshay reports on how local governments are considering refinancing into more old-fashioned municipal bonds.

Amtrak gets serious about security

Feb 19, 2008
Amtrak announced it is ramping up security to keep passengers safe. But some fear the move will cause train travel to get bogged down with airport-like delays. John Dimsdale reports.

Will China export its inflation?

Feb 19, 2008
China reported its inflation rate surged 7.1% from a year ago -- the biggest increase in 11 years. Since Chinese manufacturers have been absorbing much of the inflation, will Chinese export prices be affected? Scott Tong reports.

Presidency a big job for one person

Feb 19, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy says that the U.S. president is expected to be both head of state and prime minister -- two very different roles that are hard to fill adequately by one person. Third in a series.

The buzz about medicinal honey

Feb 19, 2008
A special kind of honey derived from the Manuka plant is showing up in doctor's offices as a wound remedy. Caitlan Carroll reports how some patients have seen dramatic results from the bee by-product.

Letters from our listeners

Feb 19, 2008
The mailbox is bursting with your comments: your thoughts on Netscape's demise, wearable nanotechnology, Washington lobbyists, Girl Scout cookies and Valentine's Day gifts.

Winemaking in a Muslim country

Feb 19, 2008
Though alcohol is prohibited by Islamic law in Morocco, Moroccan wineries are turning out 40 million bottles a year. John Laurenson reports from Meknes on the delicate business of winemaking there.

Cuban-Americans hope for reforms

Feb 19, 2008
Cuban-Americans are hoping Fidel Castro's resignation will prompt economic reforms in the country. Dan Grech reports on the immigrants' increased influence on US-Cuba policy.

CEOs punked on Wall Street calls

Feb 20, 2008
A man pretending to be a Wall Street analyst has been prank calling CEOs and other top executives on earnings conference calls.

Music from the episode

Maps Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Paper Planes M.I.A.
Chaucer Street John Lurie
Forrowest Forro In The Dark
Ya Rayah Rachid Taha
Ya Rayah Rachid Taha