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Feb 28, 2013

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Recent veterans not only have higher unemployment than the rest of the population, they also have higher unemployment rates relative to other veterans. If sequestration happens, America's meat inspectors may be furloughed. Gun-maker Sturm, Ruger and Co.'s sales were up 50 percent last year. The CEO of The Veggie Grill talks about the business of making vegetarian fast food that tastes good. Jack Lew was sworn in today as the new Treasury Secretary, and with massive federal spending cuts possibly on the horizon for tomorrow, he probably didn't have an easy first day. We explore how you can avoid pitfalls on the first day of a new job.

Segments From this episode

New veterans might have tough time finding work

Feb 28, 2013
Thousands scheduled to return from Afghanistan face job competition from earlier veterans.

Meat prices could rise if federal budget is sliced

Feb 28, 2013
Across-the-board furloughs would reduce the number of food inspectors, possibly affecting prices and supplies of meat.

How the U.S. was formed by smuggling and piracy

Feb 28, 2013
A new book explores how smuggling and piracy were a financial foundation of colonial American society.

Gunmaker reports surge in sales -- before Newtown shooting

Feb 28, 2013
Sturm, Ruger said a 50 percent increase in sales was driven by President Obama's re-election campaign, when gun owners feared some guns would be harder, or impossible, to buy.

Negotiating: 'Deal or no deal' works in business, not politics

Feb 28, 2013
Businesses issue ultimatums all the time. Politics requires negotiations, whether before -- or after -- a crisis.

'First day on the job' horror stories

Feb 28, 2013
On Jack Lew's first day at Treasury, with the sequester looming, we look at those who've had worse first days, and what lessons they can take from it.

Why Wall Street pay won't be curbed, ever

Feb 28, 2013
The European Union sparked a bankers’ revolt when it moved to curb their bonuses. Despite Americans’ dismay with Wall Street, caps won’t happen here.

Getting America to eat more plants, one restaurant at a time

Feb 28, 2013
Former Baja Fresh CEO Greg Dollarhyde is slowly expanding his newest healthy fast-food chain Veggie Grill.

Founder and CEO Andrew Mason fired from Groupon

Feb 28, 2013
"If you're wondering why," Mason wrote in his farewell email, "You haven't been paying attention."

Recent veterans not only have higher unemployment than the rest of the population, they also have higher unemployment rates relative to other veterans. If sequestration happens, America’s meat inspectors may be furloughed. Gun-maker Sturm, Ruger and Co.’s sales were up 50 percent last year. The CEO of The Veggie Grill talks about the business of making vegetarian fast food that tastes good. Jack Lew was sworn in today as the new Treasury Secretary, and with massive federal spending cuts possibly on the horizon for tomorrow, he probably didn’t have an easy first day. We explore how you can avoid pitfalls on the first day of a new job.

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Go With You Toro y Moi
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Wildcat Ratatat