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Dec 12, 2012

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about the fiscal cliff and QE4 today. As some prominent rich people are calling for the government to raise the estate tax as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, we look at this history of this tax. A number of businesses are benefitting from the 'apocalypse economy.' States have until Friday to decide if they will operate their own health care exchanges or let the federal government do it. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about what economists like to give -- and get -- during the holidays. And micro-micro-brewing? It's actually called nano-brewing, and reporter Mark Garrison has the story of the explosion of super-small craft beers.

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Nanobrewing: Craft beer's hot start-up trend

Dec 12, 2012
Breweries that make only a few kegs of beer at a time are growing, as demand opens doors for home brewers to turn their hobby into businesses

Life after congress: Political headhunters

Dec 12, 2012
Not all lawmakers at the end of their term are ready for retirement. An executive recruiter talks about how these "former electeds" make their way into the private sector.

Have a very Homo Economicus Christmas

Dec 12, 2012
What economists like to give (and get) as Christmas gifts. Spoiler alert: economists don’t think like the rest of us.

States must make health care decisions

Dec 12, 2012
The deadline for states to decide whether they'll run their own insurance exchanges is looming.

Making a buck off the end of the world

Dec 12, 2012
Some business people are definitely counting on the world not ending next week, with the end of the Mayan calendar. Have a commemorative beer!

The past, present and future of the estate tax

Dec 12, 2012
Some wealthy individuals say a higher estate tax is fair, but others are fighting against proposed changes.

Bernanke says 'fiscal cliff' is a good name for a scary thing

Dec 12, 2012
Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said he's going to keep interest rates at or near zero as long as the unemployment rate is higher than 6.5 percent, and the inflation rate is 1.5 percent or less.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about the fiscal cliff and QE4 today. As some prominent rich people are calling for the government to raise the estate tax as part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, we look at this history of this tax. A number of businesses are benefitting from the ‘apocalypse economy.’ States have until Friday to decide if they will operate their own health care exchanges or let the federal government do it. Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner talks about what economists like to give — and get — during the holidays. And micro-micro-brewing? It’s actually called nano-brewing, and reporter Mark Garrison has the story of the explosion of super-small craft beers.

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