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PODCAST: Americans paying off debt, not so much in Spain

Apr 5, 2012
President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today. It's a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called "crowdfunding." In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.

The 24-hour billionaire

Apr 5, 2012
One New York Times reporter recently received the best assignment ever: to play billionaire for a day. We chat about what his day was like, and what surprised him.
Posted In: millionaire, the wealthy

PODCAST: Yahoo cuts 2,000 jobs, James Bond grabs a Heineken

Apr 4, 2012
The Federal Reserve has released its latest minutes as well as the results of an investigation which found that the Fed didn't contribute funds to Watergate, or other scandalous causes. The U.S. is increasing pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program, but India -- a long-time U.S. ally -- is reluctant to go along. And last year, Starbucks initiated the Create Jobs for USA Fund; because of its success, Google and Gap are ready to join in.

PODCAST: Car sales looking up, James Murdoch steps down again

Apr 3, 2012
Car manufacturers report sales numbers for last month today, and one thing that might have hit them hard is gas prices. Next week will mark 100 years since the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, and we speak to Robert Ballard, who discovered the Titanic wreck in 1985, about the state of deep sea exploration these days. If you're a regular user of Facebook or Twitter, you're likely familiar with the KONY 2012 video -- and now, the group behind it is preparing Kony 2012, Part 2.

United Nations looks at world happiness levels

Apr 3, 2012
A new report of the world's happiest countries helps point to factors besides GDP that help contribute to a happy population.
Posted In: happiness, economics of happiness, United Nations

PODCAST: Avon turns down Coty, Rahm Emanuel spruces up Chicago

Apr 2, 2012
Mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel speaks about health care reform, inspiration from other mayors, and parking meters. The nation's largest manager of pharmacy benefit plans is getting even bigger as Express Scripts expects to finalize its merger with Medco this week. As Myanmar takes steps in the direction of democracy after decades of strict rule, big economic changes are also in store for the country. Right now, the Food and Drug Administration has very little power to police the cosmetics and personal care products industry. But three separate bills in Congress could change that.

PODCAST: Foxconn workers get a raise, Quaker Oats gets a makeover

Mar 30, 2012
The company that makes Apple products in China, Foxconn, is pledging to improve working conditions at its factories, saying it'll hike pay and limit work hours after an investigation found the firm was regularly violating labor rules. Here in this country, many jobs are being replaced by machines, and Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio is currently driving 3,200 miles across the country without interacting with humans. The amount of outstanding student loan debt in this country has reached $1 trillion, and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois is trying to address this issue at the federal level. And the Master's tournament tees off next week at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Bee population decline linked to common pesticide

Mar 30, 2012
Bee populations in the U.S. -- and even other parts of the world -- have been on the decline, which has many worried. Well, two new studies out might have figured out a reason why.
Posted In: bees, farming, USDA

PODCAST: Best Buy closes stores, Prada profits jump

Mar 29, 2012
Arguments for and against the legality of the Affordable Care Act wrapped up yesterday in the Supreme Court, and today, in our weekly Attitude Check, we look at how the average American feels about the law. The value of Mega Millions drawing has soared to a half-billion dollars. Lottery officials report strong sales in the 40-plus states that take part in the drawing, but if you go into a pool with co-workers, you might want to take a few precautions.

Digital music sales surpass CD and vinyl

Mar 29, 2012
Official music industry sales numbers for the year of 2011 are out this week, and for the first time, digital sales are taking up the majority of the market.
Posted In: Music, digital

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"Food for Nine Billion" is a multi-platform media project that examines the challenge of feeding the world at a time of growing demand, changing diets, rising food and energy prices, shrinking land and water resources, and accelerating climate change. It is a collaborative project of Marketplace, Homelands Productions, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and PBS NewsHour.