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Jul 12, 2012

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Scorching temperatures and droughts around the country have taken their toll on the corn harvest -- and the skyrocketing corn prices could affect nearly every aspect of your life. A new report says that the summer job market for teens…

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Letters: On bribing kids to do better in school

Jul 12, 2012
Listeners respond to the latest Freakonomics Radio segment on bribing kids for better results in school.

Nike to take Joe Paterno's name off daycare facility

Jul 12, 2012
Until this morning the daycare facility at Nike headquarters near Beaverton, Ore., was officially called the Joe Paterno Child Development Center.

Why more teens are finding summer jobs

Jul 12, 2012
Employers are hiring more teens for summer jobs than in past years, possibly because older workers who were desperate for any work are finding better jobs themselves.

This election? James Carville says it's all about the middle class

Jul 12, 2012
Liberal pundit James Carville explains why class matters in this year's presidential election in his new book, ''It's the Middle Class, Stupid!''

What Americans think about taxing the rich

Jul 12, 2012
President Obama is calling for renewing the Bush tax cuts, except for those making $250,000 a year and more. Gallup's Frank Newport on what people think about that proposal.

Stalking corn prices

Jul 12, 2012
Corn may play a bigger role in the economy than you think. And when prices rise, the effect is wide.

EU sanctions Iran by refusing to insure oil tankers

Jul 12, 2012
Iranian oil producers may find other ways to sell their product, but with few options to insure their ships, a lot of oil will be sitting in the harbor.

Comic-Con still a must-go for film industry

Jul 12, 2012
Movie studios aren't all screening new films, though. Some find the convention is a place to make deals without having a high profile.

More overtime hours, less overtime pay?

Jul 12, 2012
Federal lawsuits over wage and hour violations are up since the start of the recession.

New York seeks to refashion pay phones

Jul 12, 2012
As people stop using pay phones, New York launches plan to convert the booths into Wi-Fi hotspots. Watch out for sidewalk gridlock.
As people stop using pay phones, New York launches plan to convert the booths into Wi-Fi hotspots.
New York City Department of Transportation

Scorching temperatures and droughts around the country have taken their toll on the corn harvest — and the skyrocketing corn prices could affect nearly every aspect of your life. A new report says that the summer job market for teens is picking up. Meanwhile, companies are cracking down on overtime hours because apparently employees aren’t claiming enough of them. The fanfest known as Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego, but it looks like some of Hollywood’s biggest studios skipping out this year. New York City is rolling out a pilot program that converts payphones into Wi-Fi hot spots. And Kai Ryssdal talks to liberal pundit James Carville about what matters in this year’s presidential election.

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