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Marketplace for Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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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

Campaign Trail

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

by Kai Ryssdal 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: One Year On

Egypt’s business owners worry about uncertainty

by Stephen Beard 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

by Stacey Vanek Smith Jan 25, 2012
New CEO Ron Johnson unveils the retail chain's strategy for taking the crazy out of discounts and promotions.
Egypt: One Year On

Where Arab Spring and Occupy meet

by Kai Ryssdal 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.
Freakonomics Radio

Tackling old football myths

by Stephen Dubner Jan 25, 2012
That old adage about defense winning the game? Not true.
Apple Economy

How Apple makes its profit

by Scott Tong Jan 25, 2012
Apple's formula is classic: Buy low, sell high -- over and over and over.
Final Note

Greece's debt, compared to Apple's profit

by Kai Ryssdal Jan 25, 2012
Let's just say that Apple could bail out a country.

Reaction to Obama's State of the Union

by Kai Ryssdal 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.

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

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