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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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  • Home Sales Plunge 27 Percent To Lowest In 15 Years
    Existing home sales plunged a record 27 percent in July. That's partly because many sales that would be happening now were moved forward as buyers scrambled to take advantage of a tax break that expired recently. But analysts also worry that potential buyers are worried about the economy and are putting off buying despite record low interest rates.
  • Experts In Calif., Va., Weigh In On Real Estate
    NPR's Robert Spiegel talks to Gus Kramer, county assessor in Contra Costa County, Calif.; and real estate agent Susan Jacobs of Manassas, Va., about the real estate situation in their part of the country.
  • Housing Expert: Market Won't Mend For Some Time
    If you're thinking about selling your home because you think the housing market is on the mend, MIT professor William Wheaton says maybe you should think again. He says we'll be slogging on the bottom for some time to come. Now, he suggests, we're just establishing an equilibrium between renting and owning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Wheaton, who is a professor of economics and urban studies and planning at the MIT Center for Real Estate, about the lackluster -- even dreary -- housing forecast.
  • Marines Need To Regain 'Maritime Soul,' Gates Says
    For the past decade, the Marine Corps has been fighting in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. doesn't need a second land Army. The Marines must be able to get ashore quickly and tackle small guerrilla wars that will be common in the coming decades.
  • Letters: Islamophobia; State Fairs
    Listeners react to Monday's commentary from Reza Aslan about Islamophobia; and last week's stories on the artery clogging array of food at two state fairs. NPR's Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Tracing Salmonella: Find Out Who Eats What, Where
    Investigators from the Food and Drug Administration think the salmonella-tainted eggs that sickened thousands of people this summer came from two producers in Iowa.  But tracking the outbreak and identifying the source is a tricky task.
  • A Look At The Company Behind The Egg Recall
    The Iowa egg producer linked to the salmonella outbreak has a long history of violations. And the family-owned company, DeCoster Operations, has paid millions of dollars in fines and penalties to settle environmental, labor and immigration complaints. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Philip Brasher, who has been covering this story for the Des Moines Register.
  • Residents Scramble To Save Small Pakistani City
    The U.N. says makeshift relief sites for flood victims have sprung up across Pakistan's Sindh province, as water spreads to new areas. The disaster that's unfolded over the past few weeks has now reached deep into Sindh Province. Authorities say more than 2 million people have been displaced there. In Shahdakot, residents are scrambling to save their city.
  • Book Review: Noam Shpancer's 'Good Psychologist'
    Alan Cheuse reviews a new novel from psychologist Noam Shpancer, called The Good Psychologist.
  • More People Buying Lottery Tickets Despite Recession
    Nationally, lottery sales were up $1 billion over the past year. More than half of states are now selling multistate lottery tickets -- which has increased sales as more people are lured by the chance to win a huge jackpot. Some buyers think they'll make it rich, while others find cheap entertainment in the $1 tickets.

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