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Aug 3, 2012

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The monthly jobs numbers are out and they show we're doing the same amount of work but with a much smaller workforce. Tess Vigeland talks to Michael Kocher from the International Rescue Committee about where all the thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing. The drought is still parching parts of the country, and with a government relief package, taxpayers may end up paying for the major losses in crops.  Clothing designer Lacoste just hit a milestone: 10 million likes on Facebook. And we say hello to Silicon Valley's summer camp for techies.

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Are you for or against air conditioning?

Aug 3, 2012
Listeners told us their passionate opinions on air conditioning.
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Weekly Wrap: July's unemployment report

Aug 3, 2012
Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: Optimism with the July jobs report?
A man waits to see a perspective employer at a job fair on August 2, 2012 in New York City.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Crop failed? There's insurance for that

Aug 3, 2012
Even in severe drought, farmers who grow commodity crops such as corn and soybeans are significantly protected by insurance they buy from private insurers. The ultimate insurer in a disastrous year? Taxpayers.

Syrian refugees face financial uncertainty

Aug 3, 2012
Thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flood border communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan. Both government and non-government aid organizations are scrambling to accommodate them.
Syrian-Kurdish refugees are seen in the Domiz refugee camp, southeast of Dohuk, in northern Iraq.
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The economy makes do with five million fewer jobs

Aug 3, 2012
The nation's output of goods and services is back to the level it was before the recession began in 2007. But five million fewer people are working. Who got left out of the economy?

Summer camp for young techies

Aug 3, 2012
Throw another app on the campfire. Kids are crowding into computer camps hoping to be the next Steve Jobs.

The price of 10 million Facebook 'likes'

Aug 3, 2012
Companies spend dearly to get consumers to "like" them on Facebook, hoping that the promotions and freebies will pay off with greater business.

Small talk: Kickstarter consultants, counterfeit bills

Aug 3, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Missile Defense staff warned to stop surfing porn sites, an entire industry of consultants to help you raise money on Kickstarter, and counterfeit $100 bills in Arizona.

The monthly jobs numbers are out and they show we’re doing the same amount of work but with a much smaller workforce. Tess Vigeland talks to Michael Kocher from the International Rescue Committee about where all the thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing. The drought is still parching parts of the country, and with a government relief package, taxpayers may end up paying for the major losses in crops.  Clothing designer Lacoste just hit a milestone: 10 million likes on Facebook. And we say hello to Silicon Valley’s summer camp for techies.

Music from the episode

Enough Dujeous
Pyramids Frank Ocean
Girls Beastie Boys