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Feb 13, 2013

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Ten states raised their minimum wage this year. Now, President Obama wants to increase it nationwide. Commentator Robert Reich says the federal government needs to separate investments in the economy from discretionary spending. Meanwhile, the European Union and the U.S. plan to work on what would be a gigantic trade agreement, but an equally large cultural clash threatens to quickly dash hopes of a deal. Intel says it will sell TVs directly to consumers this year. We hear about a program in Chicago giving out rent vouchers so people can move into neighborhoods with better economic opportunities. And The New York Times' David Leonhardt talks about his new e-book, the economy and the president's State of the Union address.

Segments From this episode

Changing neighborhoods can change your life

Feb 13, 2013
Helping poor families relocate to safer neighborhoods with better schools shown to improve mobility for children.

Infrastructure should have its own budget

Feb 13, 2013
Spending on infrastructure and education can help fuel future growth.

What the minimum wage means at work

Feb 13, 2013
President Obama proposed a minimum wage increase to help the lowest-paid workers. Opponents say businesses will just eliminate jobs. We go to a restaurant to talk to an employee and employer.

Intel puts a new face on Internet TV

Feb 13, 2013
The giant computer chip maker says it will develop a set-top box for Internet TV, that includes facial recognition.

David Leonhardt on making tough decisions to fix the economy

Feb 13, 2013
The New York Times Washington bureau chief talks about the choices we have to make with respect to our debt and the national deficit.

The economics behind the new FX show 'The Americans'

Feb 13, 2013
"The Americans" is set in the 1980s and revolves around two Russian sleeper agents living in the U.S.

State of the Union 2013 sounds a bit like State of the Union 2012

Feb 13, 2013
See if you can tell which piece of tape was from President Obama's State of the Union this year, and which one was from last year.

U.S.-EU trade deal faces cultural hurdles

Feb 13, 2013
The trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union mentioned in President Obama's State of the Union speech could be profitable for both parties. It may be hard to achieve because of differences in outlook.

Ten states raised their minimum wage this year. Now, President Obama wants to increase it nationwide. Commentator Robert Reich says the federal government needs to separate investments in the economy from discretionary spending. Meanwhile, the European Union and the U.S. plan to work on what would be a gigantic trade agreement, but an equally large cultural clash threatens to quickly dash hopes of a deal. Intel says it will sell TVs directly to consumers this year. We hear about a program in Chicago giving out rent vouchers so people can move into neighborhoods with better economic opportunities. And The New York Times’ David Leonhardt talks about his new e-book, the economy and the president’s State of the Union address.

Music from the episode

This American Life (Instrumental) - Instrumental THE NEXT, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique
Harm In Change Toro y Moi