Feb 20, 2013

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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) discusses the sequester and the impact it could have on his region. Walmart is expected to deliver bad news to investors tomorrow, blaming the payroll tax increase for slow sales. A new survey from Pew offers…

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Get ready to stream: more Wi-Fi coming your way

Feb 20, 2013
The Federal Communications Commission votes to set aside more of the wireless spectrum for Wi-Fi.

Freakonomics: Doing a U-turn on the gas tax

Feb 20, 2013
The gas tax helps pay for our roads; and we’re not collecting as much money as we need.

Walmart discovers the payroll tax may bite

Feb 20, 2013
The nation's largest retailer may see slump in February sales figures.

Payday lenders inspire mixed feelings from borrowers

Feb 20, 2013
New Pew report finds that payday borrowers feel both relief -- and that they are being taken advantage of.

Parking meter headaches? There's an app for that

Feb 20, 2013
More cities are turning to handheld devices and smartphone apps to make it easier for you to feed the parking meter.

Sen. Mark Warner on why the sequester cuts are 'stupid'

Feb 20, 2013
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) explains why across-the-board cuts on defense spending and elsewhere is bad business.

Why gas prices vary from station to station

Feb 20, 2013
Gas prices have risen 45 cents in the past month, but one gas station owner says he isn't making much profit from it.

More colleges stop giving credit for AP exams

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Feb 20, 2013
As more high schoolers take Advanced Placement exams, more colleges are refusing to give class credit for them.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) discusses the sequester and the impact it could have on his region. Walmart is expected to deliver bad news to investors tomorrow, blaming the payroll tax increase for slow sales. A new survey from Pew offers details about why people take out payday loans even though they know they are getting a raw deal. Dartmouth University recently stopped offering credit for Advanced Placement courses. A New Hampshire city is trying out a new device designed to ease parking headaches. And in the latest installment of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner talks about why the government is making less money from gas taxes, despite the rising prices at the pump.

Music from the episode

Be Easy Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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