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Thursday, March 13, 2008

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  • What's Behind the Dollar's Downslide?
    The U.S. dollar plunged against other major currencies Thursday, dipping below 100 yen for the first time in 12 years. There were other signs of weakness — retail sales were down in February. Despite all this, the stock market closed higher.
  • How Dollar's Falling Value Hits U.S. Companies
    Tom Groos, chairman of Viking Group Inc., which makes fire suppression equipment such as sprinklers and fire extinguishers, says the dollar's falling value hasn't hurt his company. But overseas business travel does cause sticker shock now, he says.
  • A Look Back at the Dollar's Plunge in 1995
    The last time the U.S. dollar sank to 100 yen was 1995. Melissa Block examines what else was going on at that time.
  • Struggling Sears May Tap Rivals in Revival Strategy
    It was once the largest retailer in the U.S., but Sears, Roebuck and Co. has been struggling for years as competitors such as Home Depot and Lowe's lured customers away. Now, in an effort to boost its bottom line, Sears may actually turn to its rivals for help.
  • Deadline Looms for Calif. Districts to Layoff Teachers
    School districts across California are reeling because of millions of dollars of proposed education cuts in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget. March 15 is the deadline to give teachers layoff notices, and thousands of them will go out across the state. A particularly hard-hit school district offers a look at the reality of the cuts. Tamara Keith reports from member station KQED.
  • Weizenbaum, Creator of ELIZA Program, Dies
    Her name was ELIZA. And to many who interacted with her, she was a great listener. In fact, ELIZA was a computer program — one of the most baffling and controversial experiments in artificial intelligence. The creator of ELIZA, Joseph Weizenbaum, died March 5. He was 85 years old. Weizenbaum was a professor at MIT when he created ELIZA in 1964 and '65. He named her after Eliza Doolittle. His purpose was to study exactly how humans interact with machines.
  • Prospects Uncertain as Reformists Unite in Iran
    Iran's reformists lost control of parliament four years ago. Now, they hope to capitalize on dissatisfaction with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's economic policies to regain a significant minority of seats. But they face considerable obstacles.
  • Archbishop's Slaying Rocks Iraq's Christian Minority
    The body of a kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop was discovered buried near the northern city of Mosul on Thursday. Paulos Faraj Rahho was taken in late February as he was leaving Mass in Mosul. Christians constitute a tiny portion of Iraq's mainly Muslim population. Still, they have been the victims of repeated violence. Many have fled the country and others have joined the ranks of Iraq's 2.5 million internally displaced people.
  • It Isn't Rocket Science: How Best to Board a Plane
    An astrophysicist finds that the most efficient way to board a plane is to board passengers whose seat assignments are two rows apart. The key, Jason Steffen says, is creating space in the aisle for fliers to put their bags into overhead bins.
  • Letters: Bill Gates, Math, Makah Whaling
    Melissa Block reads listener reponses to Wednesday's program. We hear thoughts on Robert Siegel's interview with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. There's also criticism of our report on a math curriculum for youngsters in Massachusetts, and of our story on charges of illegal whaling against a group of Makah Indians in Washington state.

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