Feb 1, 2012

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Continuing our election coverage on The Real Economy, David Gura reports from Nebraska on how agricultural subsidies may change or disappear altogether as the country cuts spending and tightens budgets. Facebook finally files for its IPO. President Obama's plan to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages could affect more than the housing market. And Super Bowl Sunday -- and its entertaining ads -- are almost here. Kai Ryssdal talks to the creative director of the ad agency that worked on the Volkswagen Super Bowl ad for this year and last.

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Returning veteran has few marketable skills

Jan 30, 2012
Editor’s Note: A commentary by Leo Webb, ”Returning veteran has few marketable skills,” prompted questions from listeners about Webb’s account of his service as an Army sniper in Iraq. A subsequent investigation found that the Army has no record of Webb. Webb also said he pitched for a Chicago Cubs minor-league team. Inquiries to the […]

The force behind VW's Super Bowl ads

Jan 31, 2012
What's it like to create an ad for the Super Bowl? The ad agency Deutsch L.A. produced a memorable ad for Volkwagen. Chief creative officer Mark Hunter discusses the creative process behind what goes into making those million-dollar commercials.

A look at 2012's Super Bowl ads

Jan 31, 2012
Mark Hunter, chief creative officer at Deutsch L.A., dissects Volkswagen's 2012 Super Bowl commercial, "The Dog Strikes Back."

The problem with Obama's carrots and sticks plan

Feb 1, 2012
President Obama plans to build much of his election-year policy agenda around carrots and sticks. But commentator Amity Shlaes that plan could backfire.

The government's role in foreclosures

Feb 1, 2012
Should the U.S. government intervene to fix the foreclosure mess? Gallup reveals the results of its latest survey on American opinion.

When Facebook answers to Wall Street

Feb 1, 2012
The social media giant will be expected to boost its revenue every quarter. That means more ads, more eye balls, and more of our data to offer up to advertisers.

Obama plan to help homeowners spur housing recovery

Feb 1, 2012
President Obama announces a new program to help eliminate what he calls a stubborn drag on the economy.

Facebook files its IPO

Feb 1, 2012
What's in store now that the social network is ready to go public?

New 2012 farm bill could end some crop subsidies

Feb 1, 2012
In Nebraska, where agriculture is booming right now, farmers say they aren't worried about possible changes or even if the decades-old direct subsidies disappear altogether. They just want the cuts in farm programs to be fair and equitable.

Continuing our election coverage on The Real Economy, David Gura reports from Nebraska on how agricultural subsidies may change or disappear altogether as the country cuts spending and tightens budgets. Facebook finally files for its IPO. President Obama’s plan to help struggling homeowners refinance their mortgages could affect more than the housing market. And Super Bowl Sunday — and its entertaining ads — are almost here. Kai Ryssdal talks to the creative director of the ad agency that worked on the Volkswagen Super Bowl ad for this year and last.

Music from the episode

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Digital Love Daft Punk
The Ghost Inside Broken Bells
The Ghost Inside Broken Bells
The Ghost Inside Broken Bells
The Ghost Inside Broken Bells