Jun 7, 2012

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Ben Bernanke said today that the Fed is prepared to take action if Europe's problems get worse. What does this really mean? According to Gallup's latest data, Americans aren't paying much attention to the government's unemployment reports. Meanwhile, Foursquare seems…

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Ohio State University looks to privatize parking lots

Jun 7, 2012
OSU President Gorden Gee on his school's decision to lease out its parking facilities and the impact it could have.

Bath salts get a bad name

Jun 7, 2012
Bath salts that dissolve in your tub are being confused with a dangerous street drug of the same name. That's making it hard for bath-salt sellers to relax.

Abraham Lincoln: Celebrity pitchman

Jun 7, 2012
Honestly, could there be a better pitchman than Abe Lincoln? The upcoming release of the film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is just the latest idea to cash in on the 16th president.

Americans aren't paying attention to jobs reports

Jun 7, 2012
Taking a look at Gallup's latest data on whether people pay attention to the government's unemployment reports, and whether they feel the economic recovery is on the right track.

Foursquare checks in on a new business plan

Jun 7, 2012
Foursquare is adding Yelp-like recommendations to its mobile check-in app in its latest attempt to find a way to make money.
A man looks at the internet site Foursquare June 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

What's Up, Europe? Who's the most depressed?

Jun 7, 2012
Europe correspondent Stephen Beard has embarked on a eurozone pub crawl, finding out how people in the continent's watering holes are feeling about their financial future.

Is the U.S. headed off a fiscal cliff?

Jun 7, 2012
'Fiscal cliff' has been a key phrase being bandied about in economic talks. And with automatic spending cuts set to kick off at the beginning of 2013, the country may be ready to jump.

Paper or digital? How do you want your map?

Jun 7, 2012
Mobile map apps are big business, but do they help or hurt our geographical literacy?

Jumping off the pop culture cliff

Jun 7, 2012
To illustrate the fiscal cliffs ahead, we explored some famous cliff scenes at the beginning of today's show.

Ben Bernanke said today that the Fed is prepared to take action if Europe’s problems get worse. What does this really mean? According to Gallup’s latest data, Americans aren’t paying much attention to the government’s unemployment reports. Meanwhile, Foursquare seems to be on the decline, and Apple has decided to get rid of Google Maps as the default on its devices. Reporter Adriene Hill explores the bad reputation that regular bath salts are getting. And with two movies about Abraham Lincoln being released this summer, how marketers are making us love the 16th president.

Music from the episode

Call It What You Want Foster The People
Take Me with U Prince

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