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The future of workspace design

May 10, 2012
Kelly Bacon from TPG Architecture in New York discusses the latest trends in workspace design and what offices should do to create sophisticated work environments.
Posted In: office, design

PODCAST: An uncertain future for Greece, Post Office keeps rural posts open

May 9, 2012
Turmoil surrounds Greece as the nation remains without a new government. Profits are up at Disney, Toyota, and Macy's. In housing news, mortgage delinquencies are down. We take a look at how banks are adopting the mortgage settlement rules. The Post Office holds back on more closures. And do you like the all-you-can-eat business model? Well, David Lazarus of the L.A. Times says those plans aren't really good for business.

Study: More consumers using public spaces as work spaces

May 9, 2012
Have you gone to a cafe and found there are no seats left because people are using tables as their work spaces? We speak with Merlyn Griffiths from UNC Greensboro about a study she conducted on this phenomenon.
Posted In: cafe, consumer, consumer behavior

PODCAST: AMC in talks with Chinese buyer, ABC and Univision plan new cable channel

May 8, 2012
Movie theater chain AMC Entertainment is entertaining selling off a big chunk of itself to a Chinese theater operator. ABC and Univision plan to launch a new English-language TV channel next year. And we look at stories involving student loans, Dunkin' Donuts, and more troubles with Spain. Plus, we speak with world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter about why he's closing his Chicago restaurant.

Americans plan to travel more this summer

May 8, 2012
A new survey finds Americans plan to take more vacation trips during the summer and are placing a higher priority on value compared to the past.
Posted In: summer, Travel, summer vacation

Big Girl Cosmetics owes its glow to Oprah

May 7, 2012
Seven years ago Kiley Russell sold the car she received as a lucky audience member at The Oprah Winfrey show. Today, that seed money has grown into a thriving cosmetics business.
Posted In: Entrepreneur, Small Business, cosmetics, Oprah

PODCAST: Austerity goes to the polls in Europe

May 7, 2012
The French elect a socialist president, and the Greek parliament gets a shake-up. It's all in a weekend for voters in Europe who took to the polls in what turned out to be a referendum on harsh austerity measures aimed at solving Europe's financial crisis. Also on the show, Disney avenges at the box office with a superhero blockbuster, college degrees as an employment perk, and Hollywood fights for California's State Parks.
Posted In: Greece, France, podcast

PODCAST: Facebook IPO numbers out, Ikea in hot water

May 4, 2012
In the U.K., voters delivered big losses to the ruling Conservative party yesterday. This weekend, voters in both France and Greece will go to the polls and the expectation is that they'll be in a bit of an anti-austerity mood. Are 401(k)s really the right ticket to a happy retirement? The movie "The Avengers" opens in the U.S. today -- but it has already brought in more than $250 million around the world. And tomorrow is the 138th Kentucky Derby. Horse raising is a multi-billion dollar business, and a growing percentage of that money is being spent on cutting-edge veterinary care.

Mid-Day Extra: Starbucks gets into the money-lending business

May 3, 2012
Starbucks is working with a pioneer in microlending in developing countries - the Grameen Foundation - to lend money to small coffee farmers.
Posted In: starbucks, microlending

Podcast: CEO pay up, teacher layoffs are too

May 3, 2012
CEOs get a raise as average pay goes up 15 percent. Meanwhile, planned job cuts rose 7 percent in April, with the education sector hardest hit. The head of the European Central Bank said today that economic growth has to be central to the plan to get Europe out of its debt crisis. But a shift away from austerity will be easier said than done. Plus, Clinton and Geithner meet in China for talks; Tsunami trash headed to our Pacific shores; and older workers facing softening job market.
Posted In: podcast

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