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Rise Of The New American Barons

Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, Sergay Brin funded test tube beef burgers — all in one week. It begs the question: Are we seeing a new rise of influential U.S. moguls? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Daniel Alef, author and publisher of the "Titans of Fortune" series, about the parallels between now and the Gilded Age.
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Housing Market Shows More Signs Of Life

New reports showed that home sales and prices are rising despite the recent rise in interest rates. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to NPR's Chris Arnold about the housing market and and proposed changes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products

Levi's jeans made in Asia; Honda Civics made in America. What other iconic national products have pulled the old switcheroo?
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Bocce Ball: From Old-World Sport To New-School Phenomenon

Bocce ball bars are popping up all over the country, integrating an ancient Roman sport with a young crowd of drinking socializers. While originally a sport for old Italian men, bocce is being played more by people between the ages of 20 and 40.
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ITC Says Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents

The decision is the latest in a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants matched only by their heated competition in the smartphone market.
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Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Tyson Foods said it will stop using the controversial drug, which fattens cattle, because of potential animal welfare issues. But many in the beef industry say the company is just interested in boosting exports to countries like China and the European Union, where growth-promoting drugs for meat production are banned.
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The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif.

In most industries, competitors getting together and conspiring to control supply of a product is illegal. But in the raisin world, the law actually says competitors have to work together. It's going against your competitors that can get you in trouble.
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Wine Waste Finds Sweet Afterlife In Baked Goods

The mushy pile of seeds, skins and stems left over after grapes are pressed used to be one of winemaking's biggest sustainability problems. But instead of heading to the dump, these days, some grape pomace is being reborn in a host of ways, including a nutrient-packed flour substitute.
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Uncomfortable In America, Young Immigrant Says Goodbye

Tiffanie Drayton's mother moved her family to the U-S for a better life. But it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Now back in her native Trinidad, Drayton tells host Michel Martin what inspired her to share her story in the Salon piece 'Goodbye to my American Dream.' Byline: Michel Martin
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Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill

A group is calling on back-to-school shoppers to boycott Macy's and Kroger stores in Texas this weekend, in retaliation for the national retailers' efforts to quash a bill that would have strengthened the state's wage discrimination law.

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