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Jun 20, 2012

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To further stimulate the economy, the Federal Reserve announced it will extend its "Operation Twist" program until the end of the year. Foreclosures are up for the first time in more than two years; we look at the personal finance implications. While many cash-strapped school districts are cutting their summer school programs, Baltimore wants to offer more innovative classes. Russian president Vladimir Putin will be pitching to international economic investors tomorrow. The Rio Earth Summit, now celebrating 20 years, inspired many children back then to care about the environment, and now those grown-up kids are leading a new generation into the fold.

Segments From this episode

Cheers: A beer for dogs

Jun 20, 2012
Apparently, you can now have a pint with man's best friend.

High stakes in the health care ruling

Jun 20, 2012
The Supreme Court is set to rule on the individual mandate, which requires almost everyone to buy health insurance. For some people, the decision could be life-changing.

HENRYs, DINGOs and DINKs, oh my! Acronyms for the new economic times

Jun 20, 2012
Is your household best described economically as a "high earner, not rich yet?" How about a "dual incomes, never go out?" Share your economic acronyms and read dozens submitted by Marketplace listeners.

What's up, Europe? The Helsinki chapter

Jun 20, 2012
In Finland, worries about Greece abound. But it's the struggles of cell-phone maker -- and homegrown company -- Nokia that really have people talking.

Green generation grows up

Jun 20, 2012
Many inspired by the first Rio Earth Summit 20 years ago were just kids then. Now they are leading a new generation into the fold.

Rebranding summer school

Jun 20, 2012
No more summer of forgetting: To keep kids from losing what they've learned during the year, cities and school districts are rethinking summer school.

The cost of fighting home foreclosure

Jun 20, 2012
As foreclosure filings start to rise again, homeowners must balance the costs -- financial and emotional -- of fighting eviction.
As foreclosure filings start to rise again, homeowners must balance the costs -- financial and emotional -- of fighting eviction.
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Russian conference is big business showcase

Jun 20, 2012
On the eve of the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, some small businesses complain that they feel left out in the cold.

Federal Reserve to continue Operation Twist

Jun 20, 2012
Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed would continue buying Treasury bills to drive long-term interest rates down, but would also wait before taking more action on the economy.

To further stimulate the economy, the Federal Reserve announced it will extend its “Operation Twist” program until the end of the year. Foreclosures are up for the first time in more than two years; we look at the personal finance implications. While many cash-strapped school districts are cutting their summer school programs, Baltimore wants to offer more innovative classes. Russian president Vladimir Putin will be pitching to international economic investors tomorrow. The Rio Earth Summit, now celebrating 20 years, inspired many children back then to care about the environment, and now those grown-up kids are leading a new generation into the fold.