Iraqi officials say they have a draft of a deal to reduce American troops there. The White House said not so fast. Host Kai Ryssdal talks about the U.S. in Iraq with Ken Pollack, author of "A Path Out of The Desert."
The novel is not dead. Nor is any other kind of book. Self-publishing technology has empowered wanna-be writers -- no matter how strange their pitch. Cash Peters checks out the DIY crowd at a book expo in LA.
The forcefully unemployed now have a new way to spin their misfortune into something admirable. Just say you're a freelancer. Commentator -- and freelance writer -- Megan Hustad weighs in on the trend.
One up side of high gas prices is that many people are choosing alternate and more environmentally friendly means of transportation. bicycling is on that list. Sean Cole reports on a bicycle hand made for commuters.
Samanta lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, which a multi-million pipeline has turned into a boomtown. She isn't part of the boom, but does well, because she is tall, foreign-looking and believably female. Good traits for a transgender sex worker in Baku.
You know the saying, Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Apparently Detroit auto makers haven't heard it. Commentator Todd Buchholz says big cars turned out to be just like the dot-com craze. A bubble. And it burst.
A complaint being filed with the Federal Election Commission today says Wal-Mart held meetings telling its workers not to vote for Barack Obama. Alisa Roth reports why advocacy groups are particularly upset Wal-Mart's involved.