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Dec 28, 2012

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If there’s no deal made by Dec. 31st regarding the fiscal cliff, many of the Bush-era tax cuts will expire, including the death tax. We also look at what the impact of the fiscal cliff could mean for Wall Street. All the talk surrounding the possible port strike this week got us wondering aboout what a longshoreman does. Unilever has announced that it will remove tiny plastic beads from its soap products by 2015. Stephen Beard goes over the underlying themes of this past year in European economics, politics and culture. And David Gura takes a look at music and the economy in 2012.

Segments From this episode

Estate tax may be back, good news for states

Dec 28, 2012
Among the tax cuts set to expire if Congress rolls over the fiscal cliff is the federal estate tax. Some states are looking forward to the old law, which gave them a slice of the tax revenue.

Songs of 2012 mirror economic struggle

Dec 28, 2012
Pop musicians draw on economic hardship as narrative theme.

How the markets signal Washington

Dec 28, 2012
Come Monday, if there’s no fiscal cliff deal, the best way for people to indicate their unhappiness is the markets.

What today's longshoremen do

Dec 28, 2012
A strike by East Coast dockworkers has been put off at least 30 days. These union members are often highly skilled, and they're critical to vital bottlenecks of global trade: ports.

Unilever to dump microbeads from soap

Dec 28, 2012
Unilever says it will stop adding tiny plastic beads that act as exfoliants to its soap products by 2015.

What's up (in 2013), Europe?

Dec 28, 2012
A look at what's in store for the European debt crisis in 2013.

Between the fiscal cliff and the debt ceiling

Dec 28, 2012
President Obama and some members of Congress have returned to Washington from their respective holidays to discuss the impending fiscal cliff and debt ceiling deadlines. But other things worth thinking about are happening, too.

If there’s no deal made by Dec. 31st regarding the fiscal cliff, many of the Bush-era tax cuts will expire, including the death tax. We also look at what the impact of the fiscal cliff could mean for Wall Street. All the talk surrounding the possible port strike this week got us wondering aboout what a longshoreman does. Unilever has announced that it will remove tiny plastic beads from its soap products by 2015. Stephen Beard goes over the underlying themes of this past year in European economics, politics and culture. And David Gura takes a look at music and the economy in 2012.

Music from the episode

Wolf Like Me TV On The Radio
Moanin' Charles Mingus
Motion Sickness Hot Chip