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PODCAST: More summits, more problems

Jan 30, 2012
One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can't European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.

PODCAST: Blocking Tweets, facilitating growth

Jan 27, 2012
Social networking site Twitter has announced that it can now censor certain messages based on a country's policies. In Western China, Tibetans are once again stepping up their protests in the quest to gain more independence. And what is the role of airports in a city's, or nation's, economy? Happy Earned Income Tax Credit Day!

A moon colony for the economy?

Jan 27, 2012
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been grabbing headlines with his proposal to establish a "moon colony." Is it likely to happen?
Posted In: space, Newt Gingrich, Florida

Mid-day Extra: Where can Nokia go next?

Jan 26, 2012
Nokia reported poor earnings today, losing over $1 billion at the end of 2011 -- but it still hopes to turn things around with its Microsoft partnership.
Posted In: nokia, Microsoft

PODCAST: Defining a subscriber, making healthier lunches

Jan 26, 2012
Netflix is bouncing back, gaining subscribers after a rough 2011 full of price increases and botched plans to separate its mail order service from the rest of the business. Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio explains the new Leading Economic Index. And in this year's presidential debates, the audience has played a bigger role than ever before.

PODCAST: Chevy Volts and puppy Uggs

Jan 25, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union speech put a spotlight on American manufacturing and job growth. We take a closer look at the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, and how the process affects people across the country. Today marks the one year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt. And is it possible to trademark the color red?

Mid-day Extra: The changing face of Disney

Jan 24, 2012
The happiest place on earth is getting a tiny bit more relaxed.
Posted In: disney

PODCAST: Tax returns and golden arches

Jan 24, 2012
As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address this evening, it seems likely that political gridlock will continue in Washington, D.C. Debt talks continue in Greece, and the country is taking some steps to boost revenue. Reporter Amy Scott looks at what higher education actually teaches students. And the American TV show 'Pimp My Ride' has big fans in Morocco.

Podcast: BlackBerry in a jam and the Year of the Dragon

Jan 23, 2012
Research In Motion gets a new CEO, but will he find a future for BlackBerry in an era of touch screens and not keyboards? Cocoa prices are down and a lack of demand. Solar energy gets a cloudy forecast, and guitar makers question wood import laws. Plus, an economic forecast for this first day of the Chinese New Year.
Posted In: podcast

Mid-Day Extra: An economic forecast in the Year of the Dragon

Jan 23, 2012
On this first day of the Chinese New Year, some predict the new zodiac sign won't ring in an economic recovery just yet.
Posted In: Chinese New Year

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