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McDonald’s says wants to be faster and friendlier after a report called them otherwise. We ask a few customers how fast they want their fast food. Also in food, gluten-free diets are all the rage and it's becoming a booming industry. Then, from the Wealth and Poverty desk, we wonder if social security benefits should be targeted toward the poor. Should the well-off benefit?

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A third of Americans like doing their taxes

Apr 11, 2013
Thirty-four percent of Americans "like or love" doing their taxes, according to a new survey from the Pew Center for the People and the Press.

Egyptians turn to 'gray market' for dollars

Apr 11, 2013
A foreign currency shortage has Egyptians turning to informal dollar exchanges to keep businesses going.

Six diet-related lifestyle changes: Which works for you?

Apr 11, 2013
Gluten-free diets are picking up steam, but they're not alone. We pin six more common lifestyle and diet changes.
Safeway customers shop for peaches in Livermore, Calif.
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Gluten-free has its day, and restaurants respond

Apr 11, 2013
The notion that gluten-free is good has worked its way onto menus and into prepared foods.

What's so great about austerity, anyway?

Apr 11, 2013
The idea that government should be balance its budget and stay out of the way has been around a long time. It's gained ascendance in Washington even as more economists agree the government should spend more and help the economy.

States and cities take gun laws into their own hands with tax plans

Apr 11, 2013
While Congress struggles with gun legislation in the wake of Newtown, states and municipalities are taking the lead, many with tax proposals

McDonald's demands swifter service with a smile

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Apr 11, 2013
McDonald’s faces rising complaints about unfriendly and slow service. So the burger reportedly plans to get employees to step on the accelerator and turn up the charm.

What if you got less Social Security if you didn't need it as much?

Apr 11, 2013
Current recipients have different reactions. Some scholars say basing the amount of payments on need could make the program less popular.

Young, with a juvenile record, and looking for work

Apr 11, 2013
More cities and states consider laws that would "ban the box" that job applicants check if they've been convicted of a crime.

Ready, fire, aim: Why Silicon Valley shoots from the hip

Apr 11, 2013
After embarrassing misstatements during the launch of a Mark Zuckerberg nonprofit, hear why blunders like this can happen in Silicon Valley, the capital of social media.

McDonald’s says wants to be faster and friendlier after a report called them otherwise. We ask a few customers how fast they want their fast food. Also in food, gluten-free diets are all the rage and it’s becoming a booming industry. Then, from the Wealth and Poverty desk, we wonder if social security benefits should be targeted toward the poor. Should the well-off benefit?

Music from the episode

Champions Dan The Automator, Rakaa, Aceyalone