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Pepsi to launch Twitter music campaign

May 30, 2012
In an effort to revive their brand image and win back market share from Coke, Pepsi is launching a new, hip partnership with Twitter that will include free songs for download and live-streaming music concerts.
Posted In: marketing, Pepsi, Twitter, Music

PODCAST: Robot teacher, study says 'walk this way'

May 29, 2012
Greek voters will return to the polls in less than three weeks. The results of the election could determine whether Greece stays in the euro zone or exits in a messy divorce that would disrupt the global economy. Dewey & LeBoeuf, one of the largest law firms in the country, filed for bankruptcy last night after months of financial turmoil and partner defections. Today is the Texas primary. Polls show voters tend to care about the economy and immigration, but education policy is growing in importance. The food truck scene -- once a trendy diversion -- is now a normal part of city life. Sizzler and other national chains hope to take advantage.

Study says Americans prefer walkable neighborhoods

May 29, 2012
New research from the Brookings Institution says Americans will pay up to $1,500 more in rent every month to live in a "walkable" neighborhood -- say, a place near their dry cleaners or grocery store or favorite restaurant.
Posted In: Housing, Suburban Living, rent, cities

PODCAST: A dip in olive oil prices and an economic forecast for sunny skies

May 28, 2012
On Memorial Day, we take a look at ways to support the other 1 percent -- the less-than-1 percent of Americans who serve in uniform and those who have died in the line of duty. While low-fare airlines are struggling to make money in the United States and Europe, airports across Southeast Asia have never been busier thanks in large part to budget carriers. The Spanish government is wrangling with how to rescue its troubled banks. Local protestors in Malaysia are stalling efforts to mine for rare earths, a key component in electronics.

PODCAST: A fake sandstorm and Businessweek's advice to 'bang head'

May 25, 2012
After a week that included Facebook's IPO fizzle, talks of a Greek exit, and the impending debt ceiling showdown, the economic landscape may be taking a toll on our psyche. After all the doom and gloom in the worldwide economy, we get a nun's take on the economic recovery in her community and her local service work. The ketchup bottle just got a major upgrade thanks to a team of M.I.T. scientists -- no more whacking the bottle to squeeze out the last dregs. And the automaker Ford cashes in on its logo in the form of toys, T-shirts, and videogames.

PODCAST: A run on kosher chocolate chips, Rewriting Korean subtitles

May 24, 2012
As budget woes continue to plague lawmakers in Washington, D.C., as well as leaders in Europe, we speak to the leader of California, Gov. Jerry Brown, over his state's financial issues. Officials in Houston are trying to figure out what to do with the Astrodome -- renovate it or tear it down. Manufacturers are reporting slowing sales of desktop and laptop PCs suggesting a slow down in economic growth, but computer sales may no longer be a reliable indicator of new hires and overall business growth.

Times-Picayune to cut back jobs and production schedule

May 24, 2012
The main newspaper in New Orleans, which received praise in its Katrina coverage, has announced budget cuts which will mean staff layoffs and a reduction in print editions to three days a week.
Posted In: New Orleans, newspapers

PODCAST: Chipotle under investigation, OECD's happiest country

May 23, 2012
If you're looking for a safe place to park your money, think Ford. Moody's has boosted the automaker's debt to investment-grade, giving a thumbs up to a long financial turnaround for the company. Today, struggling tech giant Hewlett-Packard will announce whether the company will shed tens of thousands its workers. With Memorial Day approaching, parents begin to consider summer plans and the value of camp for their kids. This week Target launched a line of Gay Pride T-shirts on its website in time for Gay Pride month in June which may help mend fences between the retailer and the gay community.
Posted In: Dell

Average wedding price climbs over $27,000

May 23, 2012
According to a recent survey by TheKnot.com, the average wedding in the U.S. now costs over $27,000. But Americans aren't the only ones throwing their money towards the perfect nuptials.
Posted In: weddings

PODCAST: Joining forces for Wi-Fi, rebranding drought

May 22, 2012
There's a new warning this morning from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that says the 17 nations that use the euro are at risk of falling into a severe recession. It's been two years since the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and today officials from government are looking at one item central to that spill: the blowout preventer. As soon as next week, Southwest Airlines could get clearance to build a brand new international terminal at Houston's Hobby airport -- but one competitor is doing its best to thwart those plans.

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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.