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Manipulating media coverage of fuel prices


LicensePublic Domain
Notes/DescriptionIn this hour we preview of summer travel and the costs of getting to your destination. The rising cost of fuel has been a topic at the center of the nation’s attention for years and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. We find out what goes into the cost of fuel, how it’s effecting transportation prices, and what Americans are doing in the face of this challenge. Next we take a look at media coverage of gas prices and the politics involved. Our reporters find out if the media has reported gas prices truthfully and what role policy makers have in determining the cost of fuel. What exactly goes into the cost of fuel, and is there any rhyme or reason for how the price at the pump is determined? We break down the many factors -- domestic and global -- that go into gas prices and where our money actually goes. We discuss the effect high prices have on local businesses. With some analysts predicting as high as $5 a gallon by this summer, businesses that rely on transportation face a real challenge. We find out how local businesses are coping. Then our reporters take a look at how Americans are dealing with the rising fuel costs. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Americans consume an average 208 million gallons of motor gas per day, but does this have an effect on American driving habits? Finally we’ll hear about air travel this summer and how fuel costs play into the price of your plane ticket. We take a closer look at why airfares are surging and airlines are filing bankruptcy in this summer preview of the cost of flying.
ProgramtitleFuel Costs and Summer Travel
StationWERS 88.9
HostAlyssa Edes
Air Date4/29/2012
Writer(s)Alyssa Edes