Dec 9, 2011

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European leaders have agreed on a new deal to help its economies, but it won't save everything. The electric car is getting some racing stripes -- we look into a growing group of people getting excited about gas-to-electric converted cars. Poland has high hopes of becoming major exporter of gas. Meanwhile, the U.N. climate talks are wrapping up in South Africa. And we have the weekly wrap, letters and small talk from Dinner Party.

Segments From this episode

Small talk: Cuddle class, an Occupy Wall Street class, when Virginia starts classes

Dec 9, 2011
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: It's all about class. Air New Zealand has a cuddle class, NYU offers an Occupy Wall Street Class, and why classes in Virginia don't start until after Labor Day.

Europe pushes for roadmap toward climate deal

Dec 9, 2011
Developing and island states are on board for an agreement, but the U.S. and other countries are still undecided.

The rise of the green dragster

Dec 9, 2011
A convention of electric vehicle pioneers puts power, in every sense, at the center. Let's just hope they don't catch fire.

Letters: Philanthropy in education, Americans and the inequality

Dec 9, 2011
Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: The idea of private funding for public enterprise and whether Americans care about narrowing the income gap.

Euro crisis not over yet

Dec 9, 2011
European leaders met for yet another time, this time striking a deal that would allow the European Commission to oversee budgets and fine countries for getting into too much debt. But it won't solve the major eurozone issues.

Poland hopes shale gas drilling spurs economic growth

Dec 9, 2011
The Polish government wants to become a leader of shale gas extraction for the EU, but opponents are raising environmental concerns.

Weekly Wrap: The EU's latest plan

Dec 9, 2011
Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street. This week: The latest plan from the European Union leaders on how to save its economies.

European leaders have agreed on a new deal to help its economies, but it won’t save everything. The electric car is getting some racing stripes — we look into a growing group of people getting excited about gas-to-electric converted cars. Poland has high hopes of becoming major exporter of gas. Meanwhile, the U.N. climate talks are wrapping up in South Africa. And we have the weekly wrap, letters and small talk from Dinner Party.

Music from the episode

Futura Battles
Human Beings Matt Pond PA