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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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  • Goldman Steps Up Defense Against Fraud Charges
    Goldman Sachs is a polarizing force on Wall Street. The banking firm has been wildly successful. It took plenty of risks and emerged from the financial crisis stronger than ever. And now Goldman is striking back against charges that it defrauded investors.
  • In Goldman Case, The SEC's Side Of The Story
    Robert Siegel talks to Zachary Goldfarb, a financial reporter for The Washington Post, about the SEC's decision to file a civil suit against Goldman Sachs.
  • Brain Training Games Won't Pump Up IQs, Study Says
    Computer games and websites designed to train your brain may not provide the mental boost customers expect, a new study has found. More than 11,000 people participated in the study, reported in the journal Nature, which found that people improved at the specific task they worked on, but the progress didn't transfer over to other mental tasks.
  • Sold Documentaries On Public TV, Firms Get Ads
    Smaller firms and nonprofit organizations paid roughly $24,000 to Vision Media to produce short documentary films, hosted by former ABC anchor Hugh Downs, that they said would appear on public television stations. Yet the ensuing videos resemble infomercials — and they're unlikely to receive much airtime on public stations.
  • Letters: Supreme Court Readings, Nat King Cole
    NPR listeners respond to our report on Nat King Cole, and offer their recommendations for reading about the Supreme Court. Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Airlines Blast European Leaders' 'Lack Of Leadership'
    European airlines are criticizing their governments for what they term "a lack of leadership" in managing airspace restrictions due to volcanic ash. The crisis cost the industry an estimated $200 million a day. An airline trade group said it was "incredible" that Europe's transport ministers had taken five days to organize a teleconference.
  • In Ash Aftermath, The Great Travel Unwind
    Melissa Block talks to George Hobica, the founder of, about how airlines are dealing with the deluge of travelers who were stranded by the volcanic ash cloud — and how travelers are making their way in and out of Europe with limited air service.
  • There May Be A Tax Upside To Dying In 2010
    It's a quirky tax year for heirs. The Bush administration phased out federal estate taxes over 10 years. This happens to be the first — and only — year they don't exist. After 2010, if Congress does not act, federal estate taxes go back to 55 percent on estates that exceed $1 million.
  • The Legacy Of Civil Rights Pioneer Dorothy Height
    Legendary civil rights leader Dorothy Height died Tuesday at the age of 98. Melissa Block talks to Alexis Herman, the first African-American to lead the Department of Labor, about Height's impact on the civil rights movement and women's rights movement.
  • Von Freeman's Core Corps, Captured In Germany
    Since 1979, the tenor saxophonist has hosted a weekly jam session at a colorful South Side Chicago bar. Rarely is the house group captured on his recordings, but Vonski Speaks features the brawny, bluesy jazzman — and his band — in Berlin.

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