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Mid-day Extra: What sets Brussels apart

Dec 9, 2011
Brussels isn't the first city people may think of in Europe, but it is home to both the United Nations and the European Commission. Today, European leaders came to a tentative deal there to save the EU.
Posted In: Belgium, Brussels

PODCAST: A less-than-perfect (European) Union

Dec 9, 2011
European leaders meet in Brussels for yet another summit to determine the fate of the EU, and Britain has announced it won't sign off on any fiscal union. Another summit wraps up in South Africa today, as the UN concludes its climate talks. Richard Cordray was blocked by Senate Republicans from an appointment as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, United Nations

PODCAST: Bigger stockpiles, butter shortage

Dec 8, 2011
Jon Corzine heads to Congress today to answer for the collapse of brokerage firm MF Global. The European Union is looking to the International Monetary Fund for bailout help, and that could have ripple effects in the U.S. Reporter Sally Herships looks at what other businesses can gain from big-box storse like Costco and Walmart. And the countdown to a big European summit is nearing its end.
Posted In: butter, Retail, Oil, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Streamlining holiday shopping

Dec 8, 2011
With increased competition from online retailers, stores across the country are taking steps to make the holiday shopping experience a bit faster.
Posted In: holiday shopping, retail sales, consumer

PODCAST: Waiting to exhale on Europe, the CFPB, and payroll tax cuts

Dec 7, 2011
President Obama continues his quest to extend payroll tax cuts, and delivered a big speech on the economy yesterday in Kansas. Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich is ahead in the polls, but far behind in raising funds for his campaign. The fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains unknown, and today the FDA decides whether one drug should be sold over-the-counter.
Posted In: payroll tax, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Ready to Rock into the Hall of Fame

Dec 7, 2011
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 were announced today. The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses made the cut.
Posted In: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

PODCAST: The U.S. weighs in on Europe

Dec 6, 2011
The latest threat for Europe comes from Standard & Poor's: a possible downgrade of 15 countries if the debt problems continue. Irish citizens are bracing for the fourth year of austerity. Author Robert Neuwirth says the informal economy could soon make up two-thirds of the world's workforce. Pollution in China could be a benefit for the U.S., and Microsoft sets out to revamp XBox Live.
Posted In: payroll tax, Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Do theme parks depend on Harry Potter?

Dec 6, 2011
An announcement is expected today that Universal Studios Hollywood will open a Harry Potter attraction, following the success of the Orlando location.
Posted In: harry potter, theme parks, Universal Studios

PODCAST: Italian austerity, American spending

Dec 5, 2011
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled a firm austerity plan for his country. In the wake of a tempestuous month for leadership, we take a look at accountability, both in Europe and at American universities. Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cuts, and reporter David Gura spotlights the increasing wealth gap.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Do malls still matter?

Dec 5, 2011
The list of the top five malls in America was recently released. But with booming online shopping sales, are malls still relevant?
Posted In: shopping, holiday shopping, Malls

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"Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics," by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, are groundbreaking books that explore "the hidden side of everything." Now there's Freakonomics Radio, a project that includes a weekly podcast, regular segments on Marketplace, and one-hour specials to be broadcast on public-radio stations across the country. Prepare to be enlightened, engaged, perhaps enraged, and definitely surprised.