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We look at whether the merger between American and US Airways will really shake up the industry. Microsoft goes after Google in the style of a political attack ad. Fashion journalist Kate Betts discusses Fashion Week trends and the economics behind them. Dan Gorenstein previews Steven Soderbergh's latest film, "Side Effects," a thriller surrounding pharmaceutical pills. Commentator Afi Odelia Scruggs talks about  the emotional impact of finding out her great great grandfather was worth, as a slave, the same amount in modern dollars as her 10-year-old car. And journalist Charlie LeDuff talks about the city of Detroit's slow decline and what it can teach the rest of the country.

Segments From this episode

25 billion iTunes downloads for Apple, but a lawsuit too

Feb 7, 2013
Timing is everything for the tech giant.

Microsoft on the attack against Google in new ads

Feb 7, 2013
New "Scroogled" campaign raises questions about the efficacy of attack ads in the commercial realm.

'Side Effects' tells a tale of medicine, big business and murder

Feb 7, 2013
Stephen Soderbergh's new psychopharmalogical thriller digs into the cozy relationship between doctors and drug companies.

Charlie LeDuff on going home to Detroit, and the problems with ruin porn

Feb 7, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff goes home in his latest book, "Detroit: An American Autopsy."

Just how would the 'sequester' affect you?

Feb 7, 2013
For one thing, 63,000 kids would get booted from Head Start.

Family members as property

Feb 7, 2013
Commentator Afi-Odelia Scruggs contemplates her great-great-grandfather as someone's 'personal property.'

Going 'contemporary' during New York's Fashion Week

Feb 7, 2013
Designers like Tory Burch target working moms with high fashion at mid-level prices.

American, US Airways may marry out of need

Feb 7, 2013
American is emerging from bankruptcy. US Airways needs a big brother. Will the latest deal to create the biggest airline happen this time?

We look at whether the merger between American and US Airways will really shake up the industry. Microsoft goes after Google in the style of a political attack ad. Fashion journalist Kate Betts discusses Fashion Week trends and the economics behind them. Dan Gorenstein previews Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, “Side Effects,” a thriller surrounding pharmaceutical pills. Commentator Afi Odelia Scruggs talks about  the emotional impact of finding out her great great grandfather was worth, as a slave, the same amount in modern dollars as her 10-year-old car. And journalist Charlie LeDuff talks about the city of Detroit’s slow decline and what it can teach the rest of the country.

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