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PODCAST: Target gets hit by massive credit card theft

Dec 19, 2013
Millions of Target shoppers may have had their information stolen from card swiping machines. The Fed is not worried about inflation right now. But should it also worry about the opposite? And, generics have a 50 percent bigger markup in comparison with brand-name drugs.

PODCAST: Banks make chatrooms verboten for traders

Dec 18, 2013
JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank are prohibiting the use of some chat rooms amid ongoing investigations of currency manipulation. Ukraine is welcoming a $15 billion early holiday gift from Russia.

PODCAST: FDA wants answers about antibacterial soap

Dec 17, 2013
The FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap. Some women in Silicon Valley are trying to change gender dynamics. And, 59 new Beatles songs come out today. Why?

PODCAST: Will Bernanke taper the stimulus on his way out the door?

Dec 16, 2013
Now that some parts of the economy seem addicted to the Fed's stimulus, how does the central bank extricate it? Facebook will be added to the S&P 500. So what exactly does that mean? And, a company called Pave that lets financial backers invest in the future of promising young people.

PODCAST: The budget deal and the sequester

Dec 13, 2013
The House passed a budget agreement aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. How will it affect the sequestration? A mish-mash of tax credits about to expire. And, you just won the lotto: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?

PODCAST: Should the U.S. lift its ban on oil exports?

Dec 12, 2013
Is the U.S. ready to become an oil exporter? This month federal regulators are expected to come out with new rules around Black Lung. And, as January quickly approaches, it’s time to consider resolutions for the new year. Eat healthier, drink less and “live life to the fullest” are all standbys, but personal finance goals often top these lists.

PODCAST: Peter and Jennifer Buffett on giving without being self-serving

Dec 11, 2013
Bipartisan negotiators in Congress agree to 2 year budget deal.Hilton Worldwide is prepping for its initial public offering. And, Warren Buffett's son Peter and his wife Jennifer wife talk about their ideas on philanthropy.

PODCAST: GM picks first female CEO

Dec 10, 2013
Mary Barra, the current global head of product development at GM, will become chief executive in January. The Volcker Rule went public today. And, Nobel Prize in Economics winner Lars Peter Hansen discusses his work.

PODCAST: Supreme Court will weigh in if EPA can enforce air quality standards

Dec 9, 2013
Some governors asked the EPA to rein in polluting states, and EPA is asking the Supreme Court for permission. Think of the U.S. Congress as a procrastinating undergrad, prone to sleeping in. Lawmakers don’t hesitate to hit the “snooze button.” And, the black bear population has grown so large in the state that it ended a hunting ban a few years ago.

PODCAST: Unemployment at 7 percent for the first time since 2008

Dec 6, 2013
The unemployment rate hit a 5-year low, with 203,000 jobs added in November. And, a look at how divestment helped stop apartheid in South Africa.

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A new joint reporting project, “American Futures,” with reporting from Marketplace and The Atlantic, will take journalists on a cross-country trip to document the dramatic economic, technological, cultural, and social changes under way in small towns and cities across the nation. By adapting the long-standing American tradition of discovering the country through an extended coast-to-coast journey, and applying sophisticated mapping technology from the software company Esri, the reporting initiative will showcase the people, communities, companies, and trends that are emerging out of the past decade’s economic, technological, and demographic disruption.