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Last night, President Obama addressed the nation, stressing job creation, tax rates and environment. But have we heard this before? Kai Ryssdal rewinds the tape and takes us back to the voices of Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and George H. W. Bush. One year after the Mubarak regime was toppled, Egypt's economy isn't doing so great. But did the Egyptian protests inspire demonstrations around the world? And in the latest installment of Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner debunks some Super Bowl myths.

Segments From this episode

A State of the Union 30-year rewind: The speech hasn't changed much

Jan 25, 2012
President Obama delivered an election-year State of the Union address last night. Past presidents have touched on many of the themes Obama raised -- some of them, word for word.

Egypt’s business owners worry about uncertainty

Jan 25, 2012
A year after protests that toppled Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, Egypt has more democracy but many worried businesspeople.

JCPenney overhauls pricing

Jan 25, 2012
New CEO Ron Johnson unveils the retail chain's strategy for taking the crazy out of discounts and promotions.
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Where Arab Spring and Occupy meet

Jan 25, 2012
One year after the Arab Spring began, two activists in Cairo and New York discuss how the Middle East protests inspired the Occupy movement, and where both go from here.

How Apple makes its profit

Jan 25, 2012
Apple's formula is classic: Buy low, sell high -- over and over and over.

Reaction to Obama's State of the Union

Jan 25, 2012
Jai Damian, a 41-year-old working part time, shares her thoughts on the president's State of the Union address and how much time she's willing to give him to get something done.

Last night, President Obama addressed the nation, stressing job creation, tax rates and environment. But have we heard this before? Kai Ryssdal rewinds the tape and takes us back to the voices of Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and George H. W. Bush. One year after the Mubarak regime was toppled, Egypt’s economy isn’t doing so great. But did the Egyptian protests inspire demonstrations around the world? And in the latest installment of Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner debunks some Super Bowl myths.

Music from the episode

Champions Dan The Automator, Rakaa, Aceyalone
Champions Dan The Automator, Rakaa, Aceyalone
Tight Eyes - (Instrumental) Nicolay & Kay
Tight Eyes - (Instrumental) Nicolay & Kay