Jan 10, 2013

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This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst, and our economy is bound to be affected. With a boom in gold sales over the last decade, the demand for safes and vaults has risen. Now that we know who’s been nominated for an Oscar, businesses that serve Hollywood, from florists to stylists, are gearing up for the event. Today, drones are used as a tool of war, but in a few years you may be able to buy your very own at your local Walmart. And when economic times are bad, pawn shops thrive -- but it seems now even high-end pawn shops are doing particularly well.

Segments From this episode

Major League Baseball expanding drug testing policy

Jan 10, 2013
As you may have heard, nobody was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday.

The golden business of gold vaults

Jan 10, 2013
Gold’s popularity has created growing demand for storage. Gold vaults are spreading from Switzerland to Singapore, as investors want their holdings closer to home.

Drones: War machine today, helpful tool tomorrow

Jan 10, 2013
When you hear the word drone, images of warfare or high-tech surveillance come to mind. But two entrepreneurs want drones to revolutionize our daily lives.

Pawn shops experience boom in hard times

Jan 10, 2013
The Great Recession has seen a sharp rise in the number of pawn shops in the U.S. There's also been a change of image as better-off people increasingly turn to the institutions to pawn luxury items.

Flu season could cost economy billions

Jan 10, 2013
CDC says bad flu outbreak may cost employers $10 billion in health care costs alone.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature revealed

Jan 10, 2013
New Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's signature will begin to appear on new dollar bills this year. President Obama nominated Lew to the post earlier this year.
U.S. Department of Treasury

Forget the trillion dollar coin: Try the IOU

Jan 10, 2013
USC professor Edward Kleinbard suggests IOUs are the best way to fix the debt ceiling.

And the Oscar goes to ... the economy

Jan 10, 2013
The Oscar nominations kick into gear spending on everything from catering to car services, boosting the economy of Los Angeles and beyond.
The Oscar statuette is viewed at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Jan. 11, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

California teacher pension fund to sell gun investments

Jan 10, 2013
Can a divestment strategy have an impact on public policy?

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst, and our economy is bound to be affected. With a boom in gold sales over the last decade, the demand for safes and vaults has risen. Now that we know who’s been nominated for an Oscar, businesses that serve Hollywood, from florists to stylists, are gearing up for the event. Today, drones are used as a tool of war, but in a few years you may be able to buy your very own at your local Walmart. And when economic times are bad, pawn shops thrive — but it seems now even high-end pawn shops are doing particularly well.

Music from the episode

Gold Digger Kanye West, Jamie Foxx
Mathematics Mos Def