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Sep 6, 2012

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The European Central Bank unveiled its bond-buying program today. Lawmakers hope it will strengthen the euro. How does it work? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a candy store analogy. President Obama's big speech got us wondering, what is the value of good public speaking? And you hear this a lot: Are you better off than you were four years ago? We asked our listeners that question, and many of you weighed in. Plus, Frank Newport from Gallup tells us what the polling data says. Also, stories on Google's super-fast Internet service in Kansas City, why milk sales are so low, H&M's latest environmental move, and how subsidies pay for your lifestyle.

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In Kansas City, competition for faster Internet service

Sep 6, 2012
Google picked Kansas City to be the test market for its super fast Internet service. Now neighborhoods are competing with one another to see who will get the service first.

Milk consumption at lowest in decades

Sep 6, 2012
Americans are drinking less milk as sports drinks, water and other beverages pour it on.

H&M moves away from some water-proofing chemicals

Sep 6, 2012
Chemicals that protect clothing from water or stains do so because they're tough -- so they stick around in the environment a long time. Apparel makers are looking for alternatives.

Middle class moochers?

Sep 6, 2012
How tax exemptions and subsidies help pay for the American lifestyle.

What's the value of good public speaking?

Sep 6, 2012
Speech coaches say effective presentation is key to getting ahead in business.

Draghi levels his big bazooka at eurozone debt

Sep 6, 2012
Making good on earlier promises, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi has unveiled a huge bond-buying program aimed at tackling the European debt crisis.

Are you better off? What the polls say.

Sep 6, 2012
In 1980, President Ronald Reagan famously asked Americans if they thought they were better off than they were four years ago. Gallup asked that same question this year and editor-in-chief Frank Newport discusses the results.

VIDEO: The ECB's bond-buying program explained with bonbons

Sep 6, 2012
The European Central Bank is set to go on a bond-buying spree in an effort to save the euro and stem the debt crisis. But how does it work? It helps to think about candy.
2 euro coins made of chocolate -- split in half.
Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Bernanke's low mortgage rate

Sep 6, 2012
Thanks to financial disclosure rules, we know what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke pays on his mortgage.

The European Central Bank unveiled its bond-buying program today. Lawmakers hope it will strengthen the euro. How does it work? Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch explains with a candy store analogy. President Obama’s big speech got us wondering, what is the value of good public speaking? And you hear this a lot: Are you better off than you were four years ago? We asked our listeners that question, and many of you weighed in. Plus, Frank Newport from Gallup tells us what the polling data says. Also, stories on Google’s super-fast Internet service in Kansas City, why milk sales are so low, H&M’s latest environmental move, and how subsidies pay for your lifestyle.

Music from the episode

Clutter Ronald Jenkees
Sugar, Sugar The Archies
Better Together Jack Johnson