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Whether banks have posted profits or losses this quarter, the data suggests that people are getting better at paying back their loans. Dan Bobkoff looks at what’s led to the overall improvement in creditworthiness for consumers. Then, the White House hosts a summit of deans from top biz schools today to talk about educating the leaders of the future. The event is in the lead-up to, you guessed it, another summit in June, that one about Working Families. We ask what comes of these confabs, and what real utility they provide. Plus, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing $50 million to creating an anti-gun voting operation. This is on top of $50 million to fight coal-burning plants, $53 million to fight overfishing of oceans, $50 million for women’s reproductive rights. What does $50 million buy?

Segments From this episode

Professional video gamers earn lots of real life dollars

Apr 16, 2014
Top "Halo" and "Call of Duty" players bring in sponsors and crowds.

What happens when there are 9 billion mouths to feed

Apr 16, 2014
This month's National Geographic explores why 2 billion extra mouths could mean disaster.

Pass the pecans

Apr 16, 2014
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Finding a battery that will power the future

Apr 16, 2014
Batteries are hard to develop because they live in the world of material science.

Pattern making: A stitch in time?

Apr 16, 2014
A look at how one pattern maker in Chicago thinks about her profession.

Backlash over Crimea hits Russian economy

Apr 16, 2014
Growth has slowed and could drop to zero within months, Russian politicians admit.

Bloomberg: 'Here's $50 million for gun control'

Apr 16, 2014
Michael Bloomberg is committing $50 million to create an anti-gun voting operation. What does $50 million buy?

Bank earnings show: Americans got better at paying off debts

Apr 16, 2014
What’s led to the overall improvement in creditworthiness for consumers.

Producers try to keep fish sticks from going under water

Apr 16, 2014
Kids aren't eating them, and neither is Kai.

How to make a White House Summit more than a photo op

Apr 16, 2014
The White House hosts summits on everything from healthy foods to diversity in technology. But what's the real utility of these gatherings?

Whether banks have posted profits or losses this quarter, the data suggests that people are getting better at paying back their loans. Dan Bobkoff looks at what’s led to the overall improvement in creditworthiness for consumers. Then, the White House hosts a summit of deans from top biz schools today to talk about educating the leaders of the future. The event is in the lead-up to, you guessed it, another summit in June, that one about Working Families. We ask what comes of these confabs, and what real utility they provide. Plus, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing $50 million to creating an anti-gun voting operation. This is on top of $50 million to fight coal-burning plants, $53 million to fight overfishing of oceans, $50 million for women’s reproductive rights. What does $50 million buy?

Music from the episode

Take The D Train Pete Rock
Yellow Bridges El Ten Eleven
Lightworks Atlas Sound
Triveni Rodrigo y Gabriela
Motion Sickness Hot Chip