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Attorney General Eric Holder wants an overhaul of mandatory minimum drug sentences. What's the economic thinking behind the proposed changes? Meanwhile, billionaire Elon Musk has revealed details of the Hyperloop, a super-fast transport system he wants to build. In Turkey, the government is trying to figure out what to do with the thousands of Syrians who have left their home nation since 2011. Also,  a look at the corn economy, bond fallout from Detroit's bankruptcy, and entrepreneurialism in the Middle East. Finally, we debut a new project called "American Futures," a collaboration with Jim Fallows, The Atlantic's national correspondent. It involves us traveling to small towns across the country. Our first stop: Holland, Mich.

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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fires employee during conference call

Aug 12, 2013
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong was having a conference call last week with Patch employees about shutting down sites and laying off staff, when he did something that surprised everyone.

Turkey's Syrian refugees try to adapt to their new home

Aug 12, 2013
About half a million Syrians have fled their country's violent conflict and settled in Turkey. Many are grateful to be taken in but also fearful about being kicked out.

The other revolution bubbling in the Middle East

Aug 12, 2013
Author Chris Schroeder says there's another revolution that's quietly emerging that deserves attention: growing entrepreneurship.

How the price of corn matters

Aug 12, 2013
Corn prices are down more than 40 percent from last year's highs.

The economics behind a drug sentencing overhaul

Aug 12, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder seeks to scale back the use of mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug-related crimes.

Hyperloop: From L.A. to San Francisco in just 30 minutes

Aug 12, 2013
Today billionaire and inventor Elon Musk released his latest plan into the world: the Hyperloop.

Looking at small town America, from a small plane

Aug 12, 2013
News coverage often tends to miss out on what's going on in small town America. A new project from The Atlantic and Marketplace hopes to remedy that problem.

Bond fallout from Detroit bankruptcy limited so far

Aug 12, 2013
Detroit's bankruptcy last month has sent ripples through the $3.7-trillion municipal bond market, but so far the fallout seems limited to communities in Michigan.

Attorney General Eric Holder wants an overhaul of mandatory minimum drug sentences. What’s the economic thinking behind the proposed changes? Meanwhile, billionaire Elon Musk has revealed details of the Hyperloop, a super-fast transport system he wants to build. In Turkey, the government is trying to figure out what to do with the thousands of Syrians who have left their home nation since 2011. Also,  a look at the corn economy, bond fallout from Detroit’s bankruptcy, and entrepreneurialism in the Middle East. Finally, we debut a new project called “American Futures,” a collaboration with Jim Fallows, The Atlantic’s national correspondent. It involves us traveling to small towns across the country. Our first stop: Holland, Mich.

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Bess St. White Denim
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