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Jun 4, 2008

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Segments From this episode

United cuts jobs, planes

Jun 4, 2008
High fuel prices have driven United to cut 1,500 jobs and ground 100 of its planes. Jill Barshay explains the lengths airlines have been forced to go to in order to cut costs.

Global oil demand continues to slow

Jun 4, 2008
Oil is down more than $10 from a week ago. John Dimsdale says more and more signs point to a drop in demand, both in the U.S. and abroad.

High-end retail hit by downturn

Jun 4, 2008
Bad news in the housing market means a bad quarter for the sale of home accessories at Williams-Sonoma and even the summer wedding season may fail to stop the bleeding. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
A Williams-Sonoma store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
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Monsanto makes the case for GM crops

Jun 4, 2008
Monsanto announced plans to create new seeds with higher yields and lower energy and water demands in response to the global food crisis. Sarah Gardner has more.

Bill adds carbon tariff on foreign goods

Jun 4, 2008
A climate change bill making its way through Congress would place a tariff on some foreign-made goods. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Sam Eaton about the controversial provision.

Cultural training for nurses

Jun 4, 2008
7 of the 10 fastest-growing jobs are in health care, but as demographics change, doctors and nurses will need new cultural skills to go along with their medical training. Alyssa Wagner has the story.

Airlines eye turboprops to cut costs

Jun 4, 2008
Technological improvements and better fuel efficiency are making turboprop aircraft look increasingly desirable to cash-strapped airlines. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Let's get serious about public transit

Jun 4, 2008
Record gas prices are driving commuters to buses and trains in mass. Commentator Robert Reich says unless we're willing to upgrade our transit systems, those drivers won't find anything on public transit but more frustration.

Music from the episode

Red Right Hand - 2011 Remastered Version Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Ramblin' Man The Allman Brothers Band
I'd Rather Dance With You Kings of Convenience
Autumn Sweater Yo La Tengo
Forrowest Forro In The Dark
The Clarion Call Falconer