March 11, 2009 Americans need to save more. They also need to spend more because no recovery can take place with consumers on the sidelines. That's the nub of one of the many challenges facing the battered, reeling economy.
February 10, 2009 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner outlined the administration's new financial bailout plan on Tuesday. Here, a look at how the government plans to restore the flow of credit, improve loans to consumers and businesses and wean banks off public financial assistance.
October 22, 2008 Oil prices are down to about $66 a barrel, a huge decrease from the all-time high of $147 in July. Consumption is down globally. People are driving less and the economic meltdown has resulted in factories producing less as well.
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August 18, 2008 China now leads in the gold medal count with almost 40. Just 20 years ago, it won only five. New government programs and a focus on sports like weightlifting, judo, wrestling and others have catapulted the nation to the top.
August 12, 2008 As U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps continues to dominate in the pool in Beijing, he is facing increasing pressure — and pestering by reporters — about his quest for eight gold medals.
August 8, 2008 When the Olympics are in far-off locations, some listeners get mad at the airing of results of events before they've aired on TV in the United States. Anticipating the blowback, here is an explanation for why this is done.
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August 8, 2008 Amid pollution, protests and impressive pomp and circumstance, the opening ceremony kicked off the Beijing Olympics Friday. More than 90,000 visitors were in attendance.
August 5, 2008 The world will turn its attention to the Olympic Games and China on Friday with the spectacle of the opening ceremony in Beijing. Here are 10 things to watch for during the games.
January 30, 2008 The Federal Reserve's decision on Tuesday to cut a key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point comes as fears of a recession grow. Here's a look at what the move means for consumers — and what else to look out for amid the economic turmoil.
November 21, 2007 College football is a game of regional rivalries, tradition and remarkable fan loyalty. All of which is evident in extreme form in the Southeastern Conference. Here, a primer on the conference and its culture.
November 20, 2007 As the SEC celebrates its 75th anniversary, NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman and Sports Editor Uri Berliner hit the road for a tour of the devotion, excess and excellence on display ahead of the traditional rivalry game between LSU and Ole Miss.
August 8, 2007 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds has surpassed the all-time home-run record set by Hank Aaron more than 30 years ago. Still, as Bonds batted the record out of the park, suspicions of steroid use continued to cloud claims of his greatness.
February 5, 2007 An America where some have more than others is nothing new. But in the past generation, the financial gap between the rich and everyone else has grown ever wider. In a seven-part series, NPR explores the human face of income inequality.
November 28, 2006 The National Association of Realtors released the data on sales of existing homes in October Tuesday. They were up a bit, half a percent, the first increase in eight months. But why is that number important?
October 17, 2006 My favorite summer job when I was in college was working as a Good Humor ice cream man. I lived in New York City, where ice cream was sold from a pushcart rather than a truck. Every day I'd go to the Good Humor headquarters on the Lower East Side and fill up my cart with an assortment of Toasted Almonds, Chocolate Eclairs and Strawberry Shortcake. To say it was a picaresque neighborhood would be putting it mildly. The Hell's Angels motorcycle gang had their Manhattan home on the very same street. So from time to time, a few really enormous guys in cut off leather jackets would wander in for a frosty summer treat. Or two. Or more. Naturally, I was always very happy to oblige. Then I'd wheel out my cart through the streets of Manhattan to an assigned corner where I'd hawk ice cream for the day. I was reminded of all this today when I read a story about Good Humor's deal with pet food producer Pedigree. Together, they're going to make -- no joke -- ice cream sandwiches for dogs. I wonder what the Hell's Angels would say.
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