July 5, 2008 The spate of bad economic news has changed the way we make economic decisions. NPR's Yuki Noguchi visits a used car dealership where drivers are trying to unload their gas guzzlers. Then, economist Dan Ariely discusses why so many of us make economic decisions that are so wrong.
July 2, 2008 Rising gas prices are forcing consumers and the auto industry to make drastic changes. Toyota and Honda are known for their popular hybrid gas-electric cars. Now, BMW is introducing the first hydrogen-powered luxury performance car.
July 1, 2008 Tired of high gas prices? Well, so are gas station owners. We continue our Road Trippin' series by speaking with David Griffith, Shell service station owner, and our economics contributor Keith Reed, of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
July 1, 2008 Americans are trading in their oversized gas guzzlers for more fuel efficient cars. How does that affect workers at our nation's auto plants? To gain some insight, Farai speaks with Claire McClinton, an auto-worker for General Motors.
June 30, 2008 Our week-long series, Road Trippin', is focused on the causes and impact of rising gas prices. On the air, Farai Chideya speaks with a psychologist, a taxi driver, and a car dealership owner to get their firsthand accounts. On our blog, we get insight from drivers at a local gas station.
June 30, 2008News & Notes kicks off a week-long series focused on America's gas and oil crisis with economics contributor Bill Spriggs. He offers an economic overview and breaks down hot button issues like oil speculation and offshore drilling.
April 29, 2008 Oil prices are hovering near $120 a barrel and people are wondering what, if anything, can be done to bring prices down. Oil is a commodity — the price of which is set in a global market. Increasingly, oil-producing countries are pointing at the weak dollar as the main factor keeping prices high.
April 23, 2008 The cost of gas reached a new high on Tuesday, escalating to a national average of $3.51 per gallon — almost 66 cents higher than a year ago. Will U.S. consumers continue to suffer? Economists and energy officials predict tough times ahead with increased demand for oil and gas from other countries.
April 27, 2006 With average prices at the pump approaching $3 a gallon, filling up is causing American consumers increasing pain in the pocketbook. NPR's Scott Horsley looks at the issues surrounding high gas prices.