May 28, 2004 High prices at the pump have consumers wondering how much the refining process adds to the cost of a gallon of gasoline. Refiners attribute the vast majority of their costs to meeting environmental regulations. Environmentalists say that's very misleading. NPR's John Burnett tours an oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, to learn more about the process of "cracking" crude oil and separating it into gasoline and other distillates.
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May 27, 2004 Experts say the current high prices for crude oil and gas are more than just a result of growing demand. The costs involved in shipping oil from politically shaky places like the Middle East and Angola -- increased insurance premiums, higher salaries for workers -- are also playing a significant role in pushing up prices, experts say. Hear NPR's Scott Horsley.
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May 26, 2004 Wells Fargo will buy all but a small part of the Strong Financial Corporation. Analysts say the purchase might not have occurred except for the admitted misdeeds of Strong co-founder Richard Strong. Last week, federal and state regulators reached a $175 million settlement with Strong and his company over trading abuses at the firm. Chuck Quirmbach of Wisconsin Public Radio reports.
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May 26, 2004 Do credit counseling services really get you out of a ditch, or could they put you into a deeper one? NPR's Tavis Smith discusses the issue with Lynette Khalfani, a veteran financial news journalist and author of Investing Success: How To Conquer 30 Costly Mistakes & Multiply Your Wealth.
May 25, 2004 Graduation season has arrived and thousands of college seniors are about to leave school with a diploma -- and quite often a lot of debt, too. School loans will have to be repaid, student credit cards have to be paid off and mom and dad may not be as willing to help out with extra cash. To help students sort through money issues NPR's Alex Chadwick turns to Michelle Singletary, who writes the syndicated column "The Color of Money" for The Washington Post and is author of the book 7 Money Mantras for a Richer Life.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to Bob Moon of Marketplace about cars that are the most popular targets of thieves.
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January 1, 1997 Tightwad Gazette editor Amy Dacyczyn joins Ray Suarez for a discussion of the joys of a frugal life and offers listeners advice on how to live cheaply. Some will go great lengths to shave a couple of dimes and save a few bucks.
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