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Dec 27, 2011

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Looking back, 2011 was the year that gave rise to the people. Housing prices, though, continued to fall, while music sales had a surprisingly good year. Sears and Kmart are closing more stores around the country. The controversial practice of fracking moves into the suburbs. Congress lets 100-watt incandescent light bulbs live a little longer. Commentator Jennifer 8 Lee talks about the end of the book alongside the rise of downloads. And Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses why friends don't let friends walk drunk.

Segments From this episode

Latest housing figures close a bleak year

Dec 27, 2011
Latest figures from S&P Case-Shiller show home prices falling in most major U.S. cities. The statistic reflects a grim year for the housing sector.

Music sales up this year

Dec 27, 2011
What 2011's moneymakers reveal about the future of the music industry.

The disappearing book

Dec 27, 2011
You'll see a lot of top ten lists this week, including one for books. But are those page turners about to vanish?

Easy-Bake Oven: The light bulb wars hit home

Dec 27, 2011
It takes more than a compact fluorescent to make cookies. How a childhood favorite could suffer from the new light bulb laws.

'Fracking' moves to the suburbs

Dec 27, 2011
As new technology allows drilling in unexpected places, oil and gas operations are moving into populated areas.

2011 in review: The rise of the people

Dec 27, 2011
From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street protests, discussions over income inequality took center stage this year -- and they aren't dying down anytime soon.

What's the average citizen's share of U.S. debt?

Dec 27, 2011
The White House is looking for another increase of the debt limit, which would bring the grand borrowing total to more than $16 trillion.

Sears, Kmart to close stores after dismal holiday

Dec 27, 2011
Sears and Kmart plan to eliminate as many as 120 stores. Analysts wonder if their hedge fund owner really understands the retail biz.

Looking back, 2011 was the year that gave rise to the people. Housing prices, though, continued to fall, while music sales had a surprisingly good year. Sears and Kmart are closing more stores around the country. The controversial practice of fracking moves into the suburbs. Congress lets 100-watt incandescent light bulbs live a little longer. Commentator Jennifer 8 Lee talks about the end of the book alongside the rise of downloads. And Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner discusses why friends don’t let friends walk drunk.

Music from the episode

Auld Lang Syne The Kings Of Dixieland
Feeling Good Michael Bublé