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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The U.S. is now 81 percent self-sufficient when it comes to energy. Congress passed legislation that will open up more of the sky to unmanned aircrafts. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified to the Senate today on his outlook for the economy. What happens to a super PAC whose candidate pulls out of the race? Health reporter Gregory Warner explores the problems with hospital readmissions. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Patricia Cohen about her new book on the middle age.

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Starting this fall, hospitals that readmit the same patients over and over in a short period of time will be fined. That has medical providers looking for better ways to keep people healthy when they're off hospital grounds.
In the 1920s, an entire industry devoted to denying age and inviting youth emerged among the nation's nearly 80 million baby boomers. The "Midlife Industrial Complex," as author Patricia Cohen describes it, created a culture that pressures middle-aged adults to pass as young.
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A drone equipped with cameras and sensors flies in the air. Within the next few years, the skies could be full of private drones -- searching for everything from real estate to Britney Spears.
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A person signs a partition to have former House Speaker Newt Gingrich placed on the Republican primary ballot in Virginia before a rally Dec. 21, 2011 in Arlington, Va.
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