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PODCAST: Full 'throttling,' the rental market boom

Mar 2, 2012
A mild winter in many parts of the country has helped some businesses, like construction, while at the same time hurting others. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa explains why we should get rid of the dollar bill once and for all. Russians will vote on Sunday in the country's presidential election and late tonight, United and Continental airlines are merging -- their reservation systems.

How the wait window is hurting productivity

Mar 1, 2012
Waiting around for something to get delivered during a four-hour window can be a frustrating experience -- and it's hurting worker productivity. Some businesses are trying to cut the window by two hours.
Posted In: productivity

PODCAST: New B of A fees, delivery waiting times

Mar 1, 2012
What is the wealth gap in America? It might be harder than ever to climb the ladder of success and move up in income levels. The U.N. Human Rights Council has voted to condemn the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. North Korea has reached a deal with the U.S. to suspend its nuclear program in exchange for U.S. food aid. And Justin Bieber turns 18 today, which means he finally gets access to his own finances.

Being born on Leap Day

Feb 29, 2012
Happy Leap Day, everyone! For most, it's just an extra day, but for those born on Feb. 29, it means a number of obstacles along the way.
Posted In: Leap Day

PODCAST: James Murdoch resigns, Happy Leap Day

Feb 29, 2012
It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go into effect. Super PAC money can keep candidates afloat longer. And businesses around the country are taking advantage of the extra day this year, trying to market and cash in on Leap Day.

PODCAST: Yelp IPO, whispering in airplanes

Feb 28, 2012
Online user review site Yelp is getting ready for its IPO. The Environmental Protection Agency is in court to defend its landmark global warming finding. A new study reveals the wealthy may be the least ethical. The number of "supercommuters" is on the rise. And the Wealth & Poverty Desk takes a look at poverty, revealing that many who are technically living above the poverty line in the U.S. actually can’t afford to pay for basic needs like clothing and food.

PODCAST: Buffett's successor, uptick in remodeling

Feb 27, 2012
BP's "trial of the century" has been postponed. State tax revenue has been rising at the fastest pace since 2006 -- many states are even reporting surpluses. Some German tax experts want to volunteer their services to Greece, but Greek tax officials aren't happy with the idea. Warren Buffett reveals Berkshire Hathaway has chosen his successor -- but he isn't saying who. And Mitchell Hartman reports from the Wealth and Poverty Desk on the definition of wealth.

A few final voices from Michigan

Feb 24, 2012
As Jeremy Hobson wraps up his week in Michigan, we hear from a few last Michiganders on their forecasts for the U.S. economy.
Posted In: Michigan, election

PODCAST: A last look from Michigan

Feb 24, 2012
Michael Jordan plays defense against a Chinese sportswear company. Romney's doing his best to sway voters to pick him in next week's primary, playing up his Michigan roots and pushing hard for a law that would get rid of mandatory-union-membership in union shops. And host Jeremy Hobson wraps up a week in Michigan by taking a closer look at two places in Detroit with the same name, but very different stories.

PODCAST: Bailed out-rage

Feb 23, 2012
Last night's GOP debate on CNN included a lot of talk on the American auto bailout. In Michigan, employment has started to rebound in part thanks to manufacturing jobs associated with the auto industry. Elsewhere in the state, Jeremy Hobson sat down with the CEO of Domino's Pizza to see how the company is faring in these tough economic times, and to see what kind of effect Bain Capital had on the business. And speaking of the auto bailout, how do Americans in general feel about it?

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