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Incarceration rates have skyrocketed in the last 30 years, especially in New Orleans. Shereen Marisol Meraji reports on how jail time has now become a poverty creator. A number of startups in Mexico are using technology to bridge the gap between rich banks and poor customers. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are sending out sweepstakes offers to meet celebrities for a small donation. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about what effect the Olympic Games really have on its host city. And Tess Vigeland talks to Ryan Holiday, the author of "Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Master Media Manipulator."

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New Orleans' other 'million dollar neighborhood'

Jul 25, 2012
High rates of imprisonment are a cause -- and effect -- of poverty.

Product safety commission sues Buckyball magnets

Jul 25, 2012
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a complaint against Buckyballs, the maker of the popular magnet toys.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says children are choking on buckyballs, the magnets seen above, and has filed a complaint.
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Enter to win...a president

Jul 25, 2012
Both the President Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns are using sweepstakes to coax small donations. Do they work?

Mexico experiments with the 'branchless' bank

Jul 25, 2012
With costs to open rural bank branches prohibitive, tech companies look to turn payphones into virtual banks.

Marketer explains how he manipulated the mass media

Jul 25, 2012
Former marketing director for American Apparel, Ryan Holiday, explains how he leaked fake information and lied to reporters. And he says, what he's done is the rule, not the exception.
Former marketing director for American Apparel, Ryan Holiday, explains how he leaked fake information and lied to reporters. And he says, what he's done is the rule, not the exception.
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For corporate health, check sales -- not profit

Jul 25, 2012
Nearly halfway through earnings season, companies are making profits but falling short on sales. The sluggish economy is taking a toll.

Does hosting the Olympics ever pay off?

Jul 25, 2012
Olympic host cities get a huge windfall of tax revenues and tourist dollars, right? Freakonomics looks at the effect the games really have on a host city.

Incarceration rates have skyrocketed in the last 30 years, especially in New Orleans. Shereen Marisol Meraji reports on how jail time has now become a poverty creator. A number of startups in Mexico are using technology to bridge the gap between rich banks and poor customers. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney are sending out sweepstakes offers to meet celebrities for a small donation. Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner talks about what effect the Olympic Games really have on its host city. And Tess Vigeland talks to Ryan Holiday, the author of “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Master Media Manipulator.”