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The Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is currently running a $60 billion loss, according to a report out today. The USDA has identified one case of Mad Cow disease in a California dairy cow, but the cattle industry is…

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'The Troubles' still loom over Northern Ireland

Apr 25, 2012
Foreign companies have recently invested in Northern Ireland, but its economy needs more help.

America's most peaceful states

Apr 25, 2012
The Institute for Economics and Peace has released its annual index of the most peaceful states. The winner is no surprise, because it's won the last 10 times.
Traffic drives past storefronts in Augusta, Maine. The state was named the most peaceful for the 10th time in a row.
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Cattle futures bounce back despite case of Mad Cow

Apr 25, 2012
The case of Mad Cow in California put a few South Korean retailers off of buying U.S. beef temporarily. But Canadian and Japanese importers haven't flinched.

Clarkson University backs student entrepreneurs

Apr 25, 2012
With the cost of college climbing, a small private school offers students a way to get smart, and build a business -- tuition-free.

Walmart checking compliance with U.S. bribery law

Apr 25, 2012
Walmart named a former U.S. attorney earlier this year to check compliance with a U.S. bribery law. But is the U.S. law behind the times?

Hotels urged to help fight sex trafficking

Apr 25, 2012
The Justice Department wants to crack down on human trafficking. One anti-sex trafficking group says hotels are a good place to start.

Housing market finally shows signs of improvement

Apr 25, 2012
The latest economic forecast from federal policymakers indicates the worst may be over for the long depressed housing market. The question is how long will it take for things to return to normal.

Small banks struggle to pay off TARP funds

Apr 25, 2012
The Troubled Asset Relief Program’s inspector general says bailout funds helped community banks, but many are struggling to raise fresh capital.

The Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is currently running a $60 billion loss, according to a report out today. The USDA has identified one case of Mad Cow disease in a California dairy cow, but the cattle industry is staying relatively calm. A university is offering full scholarships to students who successfully pitch business plans — and are ready to give the school a 10 percent stake. There’s now an SEC inquiry into Hollywood executives paying for movies to play in China. And despite corporate incentives and serving as a setting for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Northern Ireland hasn’t escaped the economic stagnation borne out of conflict.

Music from the episode

Lawless River Wild Light
Black and Yellow Wiz Khalifa
This American Life (Instrumental) - Instrumental THE NEXT, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique