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Ireland's credit rating downgraded

Aug 25, 2010
It will be harder for Ireland to borrow money after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating. The move throws into question Ireland's struggling economic recovery and again exposes the catch-22 faced by European countries.

The economy's role in Aussie election

Aug 20, 2010
Australians will soon take to the polls for its federal election. And the economy is taking center stage.

French crack down on gypsy travelers

Aug 19, 2010
In France, the government is expelling gypsy, or Roma travelers -- rounded up as part of a summer clampdown on illegal camps. Over 700 people are expected to be flown out of France in the next few weeks.
Posted In: Immigration

Filling up on whisky: To drive, not drink

Aug 18, 2010
Researchers at a university in Scotland have developed a hopeful new biofuel. But this technology could raise some questions about driving with alcohol -- because it actually will power your car, with alcohol.
Posted In: Travel

Russian wheat ban raises price fears

Aug 16, 2010
Russian farmers can no longer sell their wheat outside of Russia because of a brutal heatwave and devastating wildfires there. The export limits have raised fears that global food prices may skyrocket as a result.
Posted In: Agriculture, Food

Germans vocal about timing of Google street view opt-out

Aug 12, 2010
By the end of the year, 20 German cities will have photos of their neighborhoods posted on Google, in the face of vocal protests. The search giant is offering a solution, but critics are questioning the timing.
Posted In: Internet, Law

Kagame lacked critical opposition in Rwandan poll

Aug 11, 2010
Rwanda's incumbent president Paul Kagame has worked hard to change his country's reputation, but his success in this week's general election has not been without controversy.

Police raid Google's Seoul office on data concerns

Aug 10, 2010
South Korean police are continuing an investigation into data collected during Google's street-mapping sweeps across the country.
Posted In: Internet

Saudi Arabia prepared to shut down Blackberry service

Aug 9, 2010
Saudi Arabian authorities have given Blackberry's makers until today to reach a deal or face a shutdown of services.
Posted In: Internet

U.K. job centers ban lap dancers, adult performers

Aug 9, 2010
Government-run help wanted offices in the U.K. can no longer offer job seekers the chance to work as a lap dancer or a stripper. Those who work in the adult performance industry are not pleased about the new rule.
Posted In: Jobs


About this collection

"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.