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A new study shows the number of children living in homes where neither parent has full-time year-round work has jumped sharply after the recession. The British bank Standard Chartered is being accused of illegally hiding secret transactions with Iran. A report reveals 15 percent of Mitt Romney's Twitter followers are from fake accounts -- is there a business there? The Waldorf Astoria in New York City is housing thousands of bees on its roof. Commentator Robert Reich contemplates what would happen if all Americans got extended vacation, and reporter Eve Troeh explores what's happened to the traditional family resort in recent years.

Segments From this episode

Kraft says gum sales are struggling

Aug 7, 2012
"Gum," the food conglomerate says, "continues to be weak."

Funny Or Die's KFOD investigates the fall of beach balls

Aug 7, 2012
The beach ball industry was flying sky-high, but now sales are crashing down to earth.

A summer resort adjusts to new vacation rhythm

Aug 7, 2012
Lake Arrowhead was developed nearly a century ago as a mountain summer resort for Southern Californians. The activities are the same, but how and when vacationers come to the resort has changed.

Apple-Google split: A divorce made in heaven?

Aug 7, 2012
Apple's decision to stop including the YouTube app as a standard part of iOS could be an economic blessing for Google.

Not so bright idea: Fake Twitter followers

Aug 7, 2012
Mitt Romney's Twitter account had a recent spike in new followers, leading to speculation that his campaign had bought fake followers. Is this really a business?

Unemployment workers face layoffs

Aug 7, 2012
As more people find work where there are jobs to be found, fewer workers are needed in state unemployment offices.

Looking behind the statistics of child poverty

Aug 7, 2012
A new review from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says the number of children living in homes where neither parent has full-time year-round work has jumped sharply after the recession.

Bees check in at the Waldorf

Aug 7, 2012
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York is raising 300,000 bees on the roof. It's part of a plan to get younger guests buzzing.
Harvesting honey. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York is raising 300,000 bees on the roof.  It's all part of a plan to get younger guests buzzing.
Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria

Mandatory, extended vacation is good for the economy

Aug 7, 2012
Congress is off on vacation until Labor Day. Robert Reich says a mandatory three weeks off would be good for all of us -- and the economy, too.

U.S. proves popular for money laundering

Aug 7, 2012
Standard Chartered denies passing Iranian funds through the U.S. But after other laundering cases, why is the U.S. popular for cleansing money?

A new study shows the number of children living in homes where neither parent has full-time year-round work has jumped sharply after the recession. The British bank Standard Chartered is being accused of illegally hiding secret transactions with Iran. A report reveals 15 percent of Mitt Romney’s Twitter followers are from fake accounts — is there a business there? The Waldorf Astoria in New York City is housing thousands of bees on its roof. Commentator Robert Reich contemplates what would happen if all Americans got extended vacation, and reporter Eve Troeh explores what’s happened to the traditional family resort in recent years.

Music from the episode

Vacation The Go-Go's
Big in Japan Alphaville
Taco Wagon The Young Fresh Fellows
Taco Wagon The Young Fresh Fellows