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Jul 18, 2012

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A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says that middle-aged people are the ones struggling the most with student loans. The new numbers on housing look positive, but should we take the news with a grain of salt? The state of Washington is now allowing Facebook users to register to vote on the popular social networking site. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau will be begin regulating credit rating agencies. Reporter Eve Troeh takes a look at the new summer vacation in light of the recent economy. And writer Dave Eggers talks about his new book, "A Hologram for the King," which mirrors the rise and fall of American manufacturing with the struggles of an aging businessman.

Segments From this episode

Ben Bernanke testifies before the House

Jul 18, 2012
Quite literally, it was nothing we hadn't heard before.

The economy bypasses San Bernardino

Jul 18, 2012
The Southern California city considers bankruptcy, after the departure or collapse of successive industries left it unable to pay for fire, police and other services.

Older students lead loan delinquents

Jul 18, 2012
Surprisingly -- or not so surprising -- 40- to 49-year-olds have the most delinquent student loan debt.

New home construction highest since 2008

Jul 18, 2012
But there's much further to go to return to a normal pace of home-building.

Register to vote via Facebook?

Jul 18, 2012
The State of Washington's elections office is working with Microsoft to allow voters to register via social networking giant Facebook.

In Dave Eggers' 'Hologram,' the fall of U.S. manufacturing

Jul 18, 2012
In his new novel, "A Hologram for the King," Dave Eggers muses on manufacturing and the global economy though the eyes of a struggling American businessman in Saudi Arabia.

A new cop on the credit reporting beat

Jul 18, 2012
New government oversight could give consumers more power.

'Dark Knight Rises' hits economic inequality theme

Jul 18, 2012
The new Batman film is an action flick spiced with an undercurrent of economic inequality. Bruce Wayne, after all, is a one-percenter.

A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says that middle-aged people are the ones struggling the most with student loans. The new numbers on housing look positive, but should we take the news with a grain of salt? The state of Washington is now allowing Facebook users to register to vote on the popular social networking site. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau will be begin regulating credit rating agencies. Reporter Eve Troeh takes a look at the new summer vacation in light of the recent economy. And writer Dave Eggers talks about his new book, “A Hologram for the King,” which mirrors the rise and fall of American manufacturing with the struggles of an aging businessman.

Music from the episode

The Luckiest Ben Folds
Chromakey Dreamcoat Boards of Canada
Wasted Days Cloud Nothings