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PODCAST: Robots in our lives, unused vacation time

Nov 27, 2012
Food giant ConAgra is buying private-label food producer Ralcorp for nearly $5 billion. Colin Angle, CEO of the iRobot Corporation, discusses why he wants to let robots take a bigger role in our lives. The OECD is calling on its members to shape up. And Americans aren't taking their earned time off. Why?

PODCAST: Schapiro steps down and is holiday spending up?

Nov 26, 2012
Mary Schapiro is stepping down as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission next month. Did you shop on Black Friday? Americans spent almost 13 percent more over the holiday weekend than last year. And today is Cyber Monday, known as the busiest online shopping day of the year. even though the concept is still a relatively new one, the face of Cyber Monday is already changing. Plus stories on the "climate cliff," protests in Egypt, Detroit on the verge of bankruptcy, and a cheese "revolution."

PODCAST: Black Friday begins, inside the Skechers warehouse

Nov 23, 2012
Why Black Friday is shaping up to be a bit more lackluster than last year, your Christmas dinner could be a bit more expensive, and Mexico could soon be renaming itself.

PODCAST: Happy Thanksgiving, 2012!

Nov 22, 2012
Some business hors d'oeuvres before you're off to the main event: New proposed rules for the Affordable Care Act, a proposed budget for the European Union, and what you all really want to hear about: some speed bumps to expect on your way to the turkey dinner.

PODCAST: Aftershocks for HP, early rumbles for Thanksgiving shopping

Nov 21, 2012
Conflict of interest behind the biggest ever case of insider trading. Find out what early holiday gift Walmart is hoping for this year and why air travel is even less fun than usual right now. Plus, and indulge in the latest Internet fad: spot Mitt Romney.

PODCAST: France, Hewlett-Packard get hit hard

Nov 20, 2012
Today's greatest hits: One to France's credit rating, and another to Hewlett-Packard. The reported raids on convenience store Twinkie stashes across the country may have been for nothing. We'll talk about what all these big money politcal donors are up to post-election and consider whethere there's anything you can really do, in the end, about your inevitable mid-life crisis.

PODCAST: Obama in Myanmar, a chat with Chobani Greek Yogurt CEO

Nov 19, 2012
President Obama is on a visit through Asia. Will his visit open up Southeast Asia economies? Congress is considering changes in the $80 Billion food stamp program, known as SNAP. Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya shares his views on the yogurt company's success. And the Long Island Power Authority is facing criticism for the way it responded to superstorm Sandy.

PODCAST: Hostess to close, Dali on auction

Nov 16, 2012
Hostess Brands has filed for permission to liquidate. Congressional leaders say they've had constructive talks with the president over the fiscal cliff. But would no deal actually mean more money for the states? You can bid on a signed sketch by Salvador Dali that someone dropped off at a Washington Goodwill. And we talk with Eddie Money.

PODCAST: BP pays, Europe's back in recession

Nov 15, 2012
BP will pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Europe is back in recession. The wealth gap between the rich and poor continues to grow. A celebrity telethon from an Occupy Wall Street branch is expected to raise money to pay off the debts of ordinary people. And the latest on the fiscal cliff.

PODCAST: A streetcar donation jar and six bucks for gas

Nov 14, 2012
Signs of big shifts on the way at the Fed and maybe at Netflix. Coming out of the closet in the financial world, more protests in Europe, and whether Kansas City can raise the money for a new streetcar by asking for donations.

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The Mid-Day Update is a five-day-a-week podcast from the Marketplace Morning Report hosted by David Brancaccio that wraps up the morning news in a fun little package. Listen here every day at 10 a.m. PT or download it to your iPod by subscribing to the Morning Report Podcast.