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PODCAST: Southwest raises prices, consumer confidence falls

Mar 27, 2012
This week, we're looking at how new technology is changing the American workforce. The series is called "Robots Ate My Job," and David Brancaccio of our Economy 4.0 unit is driving across the country without interacting with a single human being. Today, a look at self-checkout at grocery stores. A couple of congressional panels will look at the military's push into alternative energy. And day two of the Supreme Court arguments surrounding the new health care law begins.

The unexpected winner of 'The Hunger Games'

Mar 26, 2012
Lionsgate had a very good weekend It's film, 'The Hunger Games,' took in $150 million dollars domestically over the weekend.
Posted In: Entertainment, movies, Utah

PODCAST: Ben Bernanke speaks, 'The Hunger Games' takes off

Mar 26, 2012
It's day one of Supreme Court arguments over President Barack Obama's health care reform law. Twenty-six states are challenging the law -- parts of which are already in place. Apollo Group, which owns the University of Phoenix, is expected to announce earnings today, and analysts aren't expecting big things. It's been 10 years since the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School opened a satellite campus in San Francisco. To mark the occasion, the business school has moved to a bigger -- and shinier -- facility.

PODCAST: Insider trading bill passes, World Water Day app

Mar 23, 2012
Private investors are buying up foreclosed properties by the bushel and renting them out at a profit. Speaking of bushels, the warm weather is tempting some farmers to start planting -- but if you plant too early, you won’t get federal crop insurance if something goes wrong. And tax day is just three weeks away. Why is it that so many people want tax reform, but that it just hasn't happened yet?

British government plans for minimum price on alcohol

Mar 23, 2012
The British government has announced today that it wants to set a minimum price on beer, wine, and spirits. It hopes the move will help prevent alcohol-related crimes and deaths in the country.
Posted In: London, alcohol

PODCAST: Marketplace meets President Obama, Solo cups get sold

Mar 22, 2012
The president will be talking energy today in Cushing, Okla. -- the starting point for the southern part of the Keystone XL Pipeline. But come Monday, the president will have another issue to worry about: the future of his health care law. Yesterday, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal sat down with President Obama in Nevada and asked him about it. The president also outlined what he sees as the "recipe for success" for the American economy. One California chain, Umami Burger, is getting ready to test the market for the $15 patty -- with all the fixings -- nationwide. And we check in with Frank Newport for our weekly Attitude Check.
Posted In: Barack Obama

Behind the scenes of Marketplace's interview with Obama

Mar 22, 2012
Yesterday, Marketplace host headed out to Nevada to meet with President Obama. You may have heard the interview, but what was Kai really thinking as he interviewed the man who runs the U.S.A.?
Posted In: Barack Obama, 2012 election, energy

PODCAST: Farewell Exxon Valdez, Happy Birthday Twitter

Mar 21, 2012
The morning after yet another primary Tuesday, we take a deeper look at the economic policies of Mitt Romney. Is cane sugar really better for you than corn syrup? And as gas prices keep going up, the White House could grant a waiver of what's known as the "Jones Act," which currently forbids foreign cargo ships from moving their goods from one American port to another.

Soda sales fizzling out

Mar 21, 2012
New numbers out today show that the soda sales slump that has been going on for years continued to speed up in 2011, with consumers buying more healthy beverages in its place.
Posted In: soda, Health, sugary drinks

Podcast: Housing optimism and law-school pessimism

Mar 20, 2012
The number of new homes starts last month fell, but a rise in future home-construction plans gave economists hope that the housing market has stabilized. Meanwhile, the number of new students taking the law-school entrance exam dropped to the lowest level in 12 years. Also on the show, China announced a major increase in gas prices, a reported delay in cleaner fuels could harm the new engines designed to burn it, and an oil spill off the coast of Brazil last November is the subject of a lawsuit this week. Plus, our interview with the author of a story that makes comparisons between Mitt Romney's GOP campaign and that of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Posted In: podcast

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