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Cash will be key weapon in Afghanistan

Dec 2, 2009
Dollars will be a significant part of the U.S. arsenal in the ramped-up battle against the Taliban. Money will also be widely distributed as development aid. Steve Henn reports on the many uses of cold, hard cash in the battle for hearts and minds.

Google, publishers find agreement

Dec 2, 2009
Some publishers, most notably Rupert Murdoch, have complained that Google is taking advantage of their sites by offering their paid content for free. Now Google has decided to play nice -- sort of. Alisa Roth reports.

Can Wal-Mart cause deflation?

Dec 2, 2009
Just as when it lowered prices on books and DVD's, Wal-Mart's decision to cut video game prices by $10 has led to a big drop in the stock prices of competing retailers. With that much power, can Wal-Mart cause deflation? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Recovery goal: Jobs with good wages

Dec 2, 2009
Commentator and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will be in attendance at a White House jobs summit on Thursday. He offers a sneak preview of what he plans to say there.

Listeners comment on our coverage

Dec 2, 2009
Kai Ryssdal reviews listener comments about paying with cash instead of plastic, interest-rate swaps, the "slow media" movement, a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery, and more.

Going to school on Afghans' problems

Dec 2, 2009
Decades of violent conflict in Afghanistan have left much of the country homeless, hungry and jobless. Greg Mortenson is trying to address those problems by building schools there. He joins Kai Ryssdal to talk about his efforts.

Retailers tie holiday shopping to giving

Dec 2, 2009
Even though a lot of people are spending less this year, the holidays will go on and gifts will be bought. So retailers and charities are teaming up to make shopping itself a gift that gives more than once. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
A customer coming out of a Wal-Mart store donates to the Salvation Army as a bell ringer watches.
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