Nov 29, 2011

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The parent company of American Airlines has declared bankruptcy -- but it could be a good thing. So too could Congress' current budget gridlock. Electric cars, meanwhile, continue to face weak sales. The FTC and Facebook have settled a case over privacy. Pfizer is trying to block consumers from using a generic version of Lipitor. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner shares an unusual strategy used by charities to get more donations. And commentator Rob Walker talks about the 99 percent.

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American Airlines flies into bankruptcy

Nov 29, 2011
United, US Airways, Delta and Northwest have been there. American’s bankruptcy means fliers will ultimately face fewer choices and higher fares.

Will Facebook get serious about online privacy?

Nov 29, 2011
Facebook settled a case today with the FTC over whether the site violated users' personal privacy by sharing their information with advertisers and others without the users' consent. But will it force Facebook to change its ways?

Lipitor makes way for generics

Nov 29, 2011
Pfizer's blockbuster cholesterol drug loses patent protection December 1. It could have happened sooner.

What percent are you, really?

Nov 29, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street movement has rallied around the phrase "We are the 99 percent," but you might be surprised what you can earn and still fit that description.

Congressional gridlock could be good

Nov 29, 2011
If Congress doesn't do much this year, lets automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion kick in and the Bush tax cuts expire, that cuts $5 trillion from the deficit within a decade.

The parent company of American Airlines has declared bankruptcy — but it could be a good thing. So too could Congress’ current budget gridlock. Electric cars, meanwhile, continue to face weak sales. The FTC and Facebook have settled a case over privacy. Pfizer is trying to block consumers from using a generic version of Lipitor. Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner shares an unusual strategy used by charities to get more donations. And commentator Rob Walker talks about the 99 percent.

Music from the episode

SexyBack (feat. Timbaland) Justin Timberlake, Timbaland
Whims Of Chambers Rodney Whitaker, Ron Blake, Wycliffe Gordon, Stefon Harris, Eric Reed, Carl Allen
They Want Real D-Tension