• December 14, 2005  

    The chief executive of the American Red Cross resigned amid criticism of the charity’s disaster relief efforts, including its response to Hurricane Katrina. After a background report, a public service professor discusses the problems facing the Red Cross. Continue reading

  • December 9, 2005    

    Trade representatives from 149 nations will converge in Hong Kong at the World Trade Organization’s ministerial meeting in an attempt to revive the Doha Development Agenda to lower trade barriers in farm and manufacturing goods and services. Continue reading

  • November 29, 2005  

    An expert discusses a Commerce Department report about the housing market, which was released Tuesday. Continue reading

  • November 28, 2005   BY  

    In an effort to recover from major financial losses sustained by controversy over its bestselling painkiller Vioxx, drugmaker Merck & Co. announced it would cut 7,000 jobs over the next three years and close five of its manufacturing plants. Continue reading

  • November 25, 2005  

    As the holiday shopping season opens, financial experts look at the factors that could impact the economy in the near term, including U.S. job growth and rising natural gas prices. Continue reading

  • November 23, 2005  

    After a year of rising fuel prices, labor strikes and bankruptcies, the major airlines are struggling to make changes. But passengers will not likely see major fare hikes in the near term, analysts say. Continue reading

  • November 22, 2005  

    Following a background report, three experts discuss Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and the struggles of Louisiana officials to come up with funds to finance reconstruction. Continue reading

  • November 21, 2005  

    General Motors announced it will cut 30,000 jobs and close all or part of its 12 plants by 2008 to make the car manufacturer more competitive on the global market. After a background report, editor-in-chief in Car and Driver magazine discusses the GM’s decision. Continue reading

  • November 18, 2005  

    Friday morning, the House narrowly passed a deficit-reduction bill. Congressional expert Norman Ornstein discusses the battle on Capitol Hill over spending and taxes. Then, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant discuss taxes and spending cuts in the budget. Continue reading

  • November 16, 2005  

    In Japan Wednesday, during his visit to Asia, President Bush challenged China to expand political and religious freedoms. Following a background report, two experts discuss the president’s speech. Continue reading