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All Things Considered
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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National Public Radio Stories

  • Some Fear Woes May Spread To Other Banks
    Investors are worried about the health of the banking industry. Some experts, however, say they don't expect a massive debacle. Analysts say investors are getting too scared. They say more banks will likely fail, but most banks are on a solid footing.
  • FDIC Chief Seeks To Reassure Consumers
    Many Americans are worried their bank will be the next to fail. Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, says all deposits up to $100,000 are safe and individual IndyMac customers will get the bulk of their uninsured deposits.
  • Architect Of Torture Policy Testifies
    One of the architects of the Bush Administration's interrogation policies has testified before Congress. Former Pentagon official Douglas Feith said he was smeared in a recent book about the policy. The book's author defended his account.
  • National Guard Still Patrols New Orleans
    It's been nearly three years since Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters devastated parts of New Orleans. And to this day, the National Guard continues to patrol some of the hardest-hit areas. The guard's mission is to prevent looting and provide a law and order.
  • Letters: New Yorker Cover, Caring For Pets
    Listeners respond to the interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick who defended his magazine's controversial cover of Sen. Barack Obama. They also sounded off on the story about the lengths to which pet owners will go to keep their animals in good health.
  • GM Announces More Cuts
    General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner has said thousands of white-collar staff would be laid off and the company would stop providing health benefits to retirees over age 65. The company also plans to cut truck production, borrow billions and sell some assets.
  • Volkswagen Picks Tenn. For New Plant
    Volkswagen has picked Chattanooga, Tenn., for a new assembly plant. The move is expected to create about 2,000 jobs. Europe's No. 1 carmaker has 2 percent of the U.S. market and aims to triple that by 2018. Its plans have been helped by a weak dollar.
  • High Corn Prices Cast Shadow Over Ethanol Plants
    A rush to cash in on ethanol has slowed as soaring corn prices squeeze profit margins for producers of the alternative fuel. At a recent high of $7 per bushel, the corn used to make ethanol has tripled in price since many plants were built two years ago.
  • Dollar Slides To New Low Against Euro
    The U.S. dollar has fallen to a new low against the euro. The euro is now worth about $1.60 — after hitting a new record of $1.6038 earlier in the day. The sliding dollar makes a visit to Europe much more expensive for U.S. tourists.
  • Documentary Chronicles Steroid Use
    Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Side Effects of Being American is a new documentary about steroid use. Filmmaker Chris Bell, a former steroid user, was a bodybuilder and part of the film details what happened when he told his mother he used steroids.

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