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The Senate is holding hearings on whether oil prices are being manipulated by investors. Who gains from higher prices? What kind of lifestyle changes will Americans be forced to make? Will more people go green? Guest host Sara Terry looks beyond sticker price shock at the gas pump. Also, speculation on the results of today's primaries, and if you think gas prices are high, imagine spending three quarters of your income on food.  A major UN summit opens today in Rome to tackle the global food crisis.


Photo: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Dan Konecky
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Rising Oil Prices, Changing Lifestyles and Consumer Choices 35 MIN, 7 SEC

The spiraling cost of gas is hitting hard everywhere. Truckers and fishermen in Europe are protesting prices that have reached $10 a gallon. As hearings were held in the US Senate today about whether oil prices are being manipulated by speculators, General Motors announced that it is closing four SUV and pick-up plants, along with plans to roll out more fuel efficient vehicles. What kind of long-term changes are in store? Have Americans reached the tipping point in terms of their consumer lifestyle? Will suburbs be forced to transform into small towns?

Guests:
Rana Foroohar, Time magazine (@RanaForoohar)
Daniel Fisher, Senior Editor, Forbes
Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Global Correspondent, The Economist
Christopher Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution
Sam Staley, Florida State University (@samrstaley)

Reporter's Notebook The UN Hunger Summit 7 MIN, 57 SEC

In Rome today, world leaders have gathered to try to come up with a plan for dealing with the growing food crisis. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon opened the conference, telling delegates that food production must rise by 50% by 2030 to meet increasing demands. But food wasn't the only thing that had leaders shaking their heads. The arrival of one official at the conference has caused an uproar. Tracy Wilkinson is Rome Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times (@TracyKWilkinson)

Making News AP Calls Primary for Obama, Clinton Ponders Next Move 5 MIN, 46 SEC

New reports and pundits are speculating today about what Hillary Clinton will say tonight in her speech from New York after polls close in the final two primary states of South Dakota and Montana. Regardless of whether Barack Obama wins those contests, political analysts say, the focus will be on Clinton. Marc Ambinder is associate editor at The Atlantic, where he writes a daily political blog.

Guests:
Marc Ambinder, The Week (@marcambinder)

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