Feb 20, 2008

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High prices spread throughout economy

Feb 20, 2008
This month's inflation statistics show that, along with higher food and energy costs, consumer prices have risen all across the economy. John Dimsdale reports on why the price hikes are so widespread.

NBC wants advertisers, not upfronts

Feb 20, 2008
NBC has decided not to attend the annual network upfronts in New York in favor of introducing programming directly to advertisers throughout the year. Lisa Napoli reports on why NBC thinks a staggered schedule will attract more viewers.

What's behind new cell-phone plans?

Feb 20, 2008
Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile say they'll offer unlimited-use cell phone plans at around $100. Some of the plans even include text messaging and Internet access. Janet Babin reports on the flat-rate trend.

Yahoo takeover bid turns to proxy fight

Feb 20, 2008
Microsoft is reported to be considering a proxy fight in its continuing bid to take over Yahoo. Kai Ryssdal talks to Professor James Brock about how Microsoft could force a deal by appealing directly to Yahoo's shareholders.

Medicines tainting world's water

Feb 20, 2008
Medicine has been found in treated wastewater, which flows into rivers, lakes and oceans, harming fish and other marine life. Sarah Gardner reports on new efforts to encourage proper disposal of drugs.

U.S. should define its secret technology

Feb 20, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says that when it comes to technology the government doesn't know what should be sold to foreign countries and what should be kept secret.

Business owners displaced in Kenya

Feb 20, 2008
Threatened by ethnic violence that has killed more than 1,000 people, many small-business owners in Kenya have had to leave behind their livelihood. And some will not have businesses to return to. Sara Nics reports.

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