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Fresh & Easy stores are leaving the U.S. because of lack of profit. Meanwhile, Starbucks plans for 1,500 new stores in the country over the next five years. AT&T hopes to help people understand their phone bills with short videos. A new British opera aims to explain confusing financial markets. Kai Ryssdal talks to artist and photographer Robert Burley about his new book and the collapse of the photo industry. And Nashville Mayor Karl Dean talks about his city’s rise in popular culture and whether or not that translates to economic growth.

Segments From this episode

AOL's history as told through New York Times crosswords

Dec 5, 2012
The very first clue -- Jan. 14th, 1997 -- "Prodigy competitor, for short."

The Fresh & Easy grocery experiment may be over

Dec 5, 2012
Tesco, the U.K. retailer, started opening up a new kind of grocery store in the U.S. five years ago. More than a convenience store, almost a supermarket, Fresh & Easy hasn't found its place in shoppers' habits.

The photo wars back then

Dec 5, 2012
A day when Apple stock would be ahead of Kodak on the Fortune 500 list? A laughable idea...in 2005. One photographer captures the end of the analog era.

British opera finds harmony in financial world

Dec 5, 2012
A British academic and banker have composed an opera that highlights the harmonies they find in the world of finance , which some view as a place of turbulence.

Starbucks mulls question of where to expand

Dec 5, 2012
Coffee chain plans to apply lessons from previous expansion effort.

AT&T expands 'video bill' service

Dec 5, 2012
Video service aims to explain to customers where their money is going.

Oil boom family is cramped but together

Dec 5, 2012
A year after her husband moved to North Dakota's oil fields from their home in Missouri, Shannon Atwell picked up her four boys and joined him.

The Grammys and Nashville, Tennessee

Dec 5, 2012
Nashville mayor Karl Dean on his city's rising star and its hope to expand its music repertoire beyond country.

Fresh & Easy stores are leaving the U.S. because of lack of profit. Meanwhile, Starbucks plans for 1,500 new stores in the country over the next five years. AT&T hopes to help people understand their phone bills with short videos. A new British opera aims to explain confusing financial markets. Kai Ryssdal talks to artist and photographer Robert Burley about his new book and the collapse of the photo industry. And Nashville Mayor Karl Dean talks about his city’s rise in popular culture and whether or not that translates to economic growth.

Music from the episode

Take Five The Dave Brubeck Quartet
[untitled] Neutral Milk Hotel