Economy

Health Care Reform

January 23, 2006

in his upcoming State-of the-Union address, President Bush is expected to outline proposals for making health care more consumer driven. Two health care experts discuss why costs are skyrocketing and what can be done to rein them in.

Jane Bryant Quinn: "Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People" (Simon & Schuster)

January 13, 2006

Simple steps to take to straighten our personal finances and maximize wealth.

Smoking Bans

January 10, 2006

Many states and communities around the country have enacted or are considering enacting bans on smoking in public. A look at trends in anti-smoking campaigns.

Sen. George McGovern

January 9, 2006

The 1972 Democratic presidential nominee discusses a new short book, "Social Security and The Golden Age: an Essay on the New American Demographic" and shares an elder statesman's perspective on current issues.

Housing Market

January 5, 2006

The booming real estate market, fueled by low interest rates, has helped sustain strong economic growth for the past 5 years. But some fear rising interest rates will slow housing growth. A look at the future of the U.S. housing market.

Minimum Wage

January 4, 2006

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have set minimum wages above the federal rate of $5.15 per hour. Many other states are said to be considering a hike. We'll talk about minimum wage rates across the country and implications...

The Future of Newspapers

January 3, 2006

Newspapers face online competition and falling circulation, Wall Street pressure for profits, and fallout from recent journalism scandals. Where does their future lie?

Robert Parker: "The World's Greatest Wine Estate" (Simon & Shuster)

December 16, 2005

A renowned wine critic provides a tour of the greatest wineries around the world. He explains what makes a wine great and offers insider tips for ordinary wine-lovers who want to get their hands on extraordinary bottles.

Eric Weiner: "What Goes Up" (Little, Brown)

December 7, 2005

A look at Wall Street from the perspective of bankers, CEOs, brokers and crooks.

Pension Plans and Retirement Security

November 30, 2005

Millions of older Americans have lost pension benefits promised by their employers. A look at how corporate risk taking, legislation, and the stock market have undermined financial security for retirees

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