Feb 14, 2012

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Gas prices continue to rise, but why are we paying more at the pump? Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with President Obama at the White House today, highlighting disputes over currency and trade between the two nations. New York…

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Yummy baked goods, without the allergens

Feb 14, 2012
Erin McKenna, co-founder of BabyCakes -- a chain of allergen-free bakeries -- discusses how to make gluten, soy, dairy, egg-free donuts.

Wanna buy the Empire State Building? Really.

Feb 14, 2012
The owners of the Empire State Building, among other office towers, register to sell shares to the public.
The Empire State Building towers over the Manhattan skyline in New York City. The owners of the Empire State Building have registered to sell shares to the public.
John Moore/Getty Images

'Our Black Year': One couple's challenge to shop black-owned businesses

Feb 14, 2012
Maggie and John Anderson started "The Empowering Experiment" to see if they could patronize only black-owned businesses. The results were surprising.

More sanctions expected on Syria

Feb 14, 2012
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she'll support more sanctions on Syria. But do sanctions even work? Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria and a professor at the University of Oklahoma, explains.

Gas prices spike sooner than normal this year

Feb 14, 2012
Gasoline prices are rising faster than normal for this time of year, and some analysts say the reason is way beyond our control.

China flexes trade muscles

Feb 14, 2012
The state visit by Chinese VP Xi Jengpeng highlights U.S.-China cooperation -- but behind the scenes, China plays hardball.

Key financial reform gets push back

Feb 14, 2012
The Volcker Rule aims to prevent banks from betting their own money. Banks and foreign governments say could hurt markets more than it helps.

Gas prices continue to rise, but why are we paying more at the pump? Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with President Obama at the White House today, highlighting disputes over currency and trade between the two nations. New York bureau chief Heidi Moore explores the controversy in the Volcker Rule. What impact would sanctions have on the Syrian economy? And Kai Ryssdal talks to John and Maggie Anderson about their experiment in shopping only at black-owned businesses for a year.

Music from the episode

One Chance Modest Mouse
Float On Modest Mouse
Missed the Boat Modest Mouse

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