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The European Union proposed a ban on Iranian oil. More Americans are renting than buying. Alabama's strict immigration law puts the state at an economic disadvantage. The latest Attitude Check with Gallup gauges Americans' consumer confidence before Friday's unemployment report. Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio talks about the future of Kodak. Barnes & Noble may be planning to spin off its Nook e-reader business. And commentator Mark Bittman explores the prevalence of processed foods and the trend of child obesity in the U.S.

Segments From this episode

Iranian oil: To ban or not to ban?

Jan 5, 2012
The European Union has threatened to embargo oil from Iran. Iran snapped back, saying if that happens, it won't let any oil ships pass through the Strait of Hormuz. How might this affect Europe and the U.S.?

Kodak teeters toward bankruptcy

Jan 5, 2012
David Brancaccio discusses the impact bankruptcy could have on the 38,000 Kodak retirees and how the city of Rochester, home to the film company, can survive.

What Now: The junk food diet

Jan 5, 2012
Millions of Americans make resolutions to change the way they eat. But, can we change the way food is marketed to us?

Barnes & Noble could spin off the Nook

Jan 5, 2012
The company's e-reader has been a big success, while the rest of Barnes & Noble's business is suffering.

Not many apartments available to rent

Jan 5, 2012
The vacancy rate for apartment fell to its lowest since 2001 in the fourth quarter as more people rented. But mortgage rates are also falling, so will people choose buying over renting soon?

How did the job market fare in December?

Jan 5, 2012
The government's jobless data for December comes out Friday. Gallup has its own unemployment measures. Here's a preview.

Alabama's immigration law could slow foreign business

Jan 5, 2012
Alabama has attracted top car manufacturers, but some of their foreign workers have been arrested by police. It worries business leaders trying to attract new companies.

The European Union proposed a ban on Iranian oil. More Americans are renting than buying. Alabama’s strict immigration law puts the state at an economic disadvantage. The latest Attitude Check with Gallup gauges Americans’ consumer confidence before Friday’s unemployment report. Economy 4.0’s David Brancaccio talks about the future of Kodak. Barnes & Noble may be planning to spin off its Nook e-reader business. And commentator Mark Bittman explores the prevalence of processed foods and the trend of child obesity in the U.S.

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