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If you amp up for your workday with a Starbucks latte, how about swinging by on the way home to unwind with a glass of merlot? This week, the company started testing out alcohol on the menu at one store in Seattle. Ann Dornfeld reports on whether this could be the company's next big foray into mind-altering substances.
McDonald's has survived the recession better than most other restaurants. Better than most other companies, in fact. The burger chain announced this week it's seen sales rise for 30 consecutive quarters. McDonald's is doing so well some managers are even re-thinking the competition. Tony Arnold explains.
This is the first election cycle since Citizens United, the Supreme Court's ruling that unions and companies can spend as much as they want on almost anything they want. Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics talks with Kai Ryssdal about where the external money in politics is coming from.
Foreclosures, corporate and bank profits reign as some of the biggest stories of the week. The Big Money's Heidi Moore and the Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy talk with Kai Ryssdal about whether the foreclosure issue is improving and how banks are doing right now.
Longtime NPR news analyst Juan Williams was fired for violating NPR's ethics policies. For public radio stations, the timing and the backlash is less than ideal. Janet Babin reports.
One business that earned big profits during most of the recession is for-profit colleges. Over the next few weeks, we'll get an idea of how hard they'll be hit by bad publicity from Congressional hearings and possible restrictions on federal financial aid. Amy Scott reports.
Currency values were the hot topic at the G-20 meeting in South Korea. The U.S. wants China to raise the value of its currency, but has been unable to persuade China to make the change. So Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is trying a different strategy. John Dimsdale reports.
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