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Japanese quake costs may top $170 billion

Mar 14, 2011
The BBC's Chris Hogg explains the global economic implications of the disaster in Japan.
Posted In: Oil, Retail

Bank of Japan adds $183 billion to economy

Mar 14, 2011
After a devastating earthquake last week, Japan is taking steps to prevent an economic collapse in the country. The Bank of Japan has injected a record amount of cash into the financial system to provide liquidity and stabilize the shaky economy.
Posted In: Environment

Indonesia learns from 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

Mar 11, 2011
Indonesia experienced the devastating effects of a tsunami six years ago. So now, it isn't taking any chances.

The economic impact of Japan's earthquake

Mar 11, 2011
The BBC's Ben Richardson discusses the companies that will be impacted by Japan's earthquake and tsunami and the economic effects that will be felt across Asia.

Is Japan equipped to handle a large earthquake?

Mar 11, 2011
The BBC's Duncan Bartlett, the former Tokyo bureau chief, discusses how prepared Japan was for big earthquake.

Emerging economies gain on Forbes billionaire list

Mar 10, 2011
Forbes has released its 2011 list of world billionaires. Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim tops the list for the second year in a row, but for the first time, the Asia-Pacific region had more billionaires than Europe.
Posted In: China

Have micro credits reached the end of the line?

Mar 9, 2011
Muhammad Yunus won a Nobel Peace Prize for getting microfinance off the ground and into the mainstream. But after Yunus was fired due to Bangladesh's mandatory retirement age, many question the future of micro-credit loans.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Investing

Cocoa prices near record high

Mar 9, 2011
Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gdagbo has effectively nationalized the country's cocoa farms -- something chocolate lovers should be worried about.
Posted In: Food, Retail

Spain slows down drivers to lower gas prices

Mar 7, 2011
Spanish drivers are slowing down today to comply with a new speed limit. The BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports the government hopes to reduce Spain's gas bill.
Posted In: Oil

NBA drives the paint in Europe

Mar 4, 2011
The National Basketball Association wants to create a new team in Europe. This weekend's games will show off the league's global reach.
Posted In: Sports

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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.