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New gadgets? Everybody in the pool!

Aug 27, 2008
Kai Ryssdal jumps into the pool with Kevin Pereira of G4's "Attack of the Show" to try out some of the latest technology that doesn't have any trouble getting wet.

Private firms eyeing public projects

Aug 27, 2008
Cities and states need an estimated $1.5 trillion to fix crumbling bridges, roads and utility plants. Taxpayers traditionally have paid for those kinds of projects. But governments are heading for Wall Street to get the job done. John Dimsdale reports.

Gulf Coast waits for Gustav's next move

Aug 27, 2008
The latest forecast calls for Tropical Storm Gustav to make landfall on the Gulf Coast Monday morning. Kai Ryssdal talks with oil worker Buddy Bollfrass about how oil companies are getting ready.

Germany facing economic woes, too

Aug 27, 2008
Germans' confidence in their economy -- Europe's largest -- has plummeted with second-quarter performance actually shrinking. What could be the impact on Europe and the U.S.? Stephen Beard reports.

LPGA to non-English speakers: Shh!

Aug 27, 2008
The Ladies Professional Golf Association is telling its players, many of whom are Korean, they'll be suspended if they can't pass an oral English exam next year. Why? Sponsors speak a language everyone understands. It's called money.

A trial by fire for veggie burger maker

Aug 27, 2008
When Marie Osmunson received a huge order for her vegetarian burgers from one of the Northwest's most popular fast-food chains, she had a problem: How to deal with success. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Latest economic indicator -- the shrink

Aug 27, 2008
Sometimes you find economic truths in offbeat places. Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson visited an anxiety clinic in Washington, D.C., for a measurement of how consumers are coping.

Time for low-income affirmative action

Aug 27, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says Democrats have acknowledged the obstacles racial minorities face in hiring and education for a long time. Now, he says, they ought to look at the economically disadvantaged, too.