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Mar 21, 2012

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Host Kai Ryssdal meets with President Barack Obama for an exclusive interview, discussing energy, job creation, and the economy as Obama begins a two-day trip promoting his energy policy. Meanwhile, there's an oil boom going on in western North Dakota,…

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Obama touts new energy agenda

Mar 21, 2012
The president begins a two-day tour to highlight his new "all of the above" strategy.

On your TV this fall: The sluggish economy

Mar 21, 2012
Horizon Media's Brad Adgate looks at all the new scripted pilots that have been ordered by the big television networks. He finds one big underlying theme.
Horizon Media's Brad Adgate looks at all the new scripted pilots that have been ordered by the big television networks. He finds one big underlying theme: The sluggish economy.
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U.S. to impose tariffs on Chinese solar panels

Mar 21, 2012
The U.S. will impose new tariffs on cheap Chinese solar panels. The new duties will be low. Analysts say it's not likely to spark a trade war.

Dark side of an oil boom

Mar 21, 2012
There's an oil boom going on in western North Dakota. The region is sitting on billions of gallons of oil. The city at the heart of it -- Williston -- is stretched beyond capacity.

No connection between drilling and pumps

Mar 21, 2012
A new Associated Press analysis shows domestic oil production doesn't translate to gas prices.

The Obama interview: U.S. must invest in itself

Mar 21, 2012
On a two-day trip to promote his energy policy, President Obama said the nation must invest in alternative energy or cede leadership to China. He called on Congress to help create jobs by providing more aid to struggling homeowners and…

NFL suspends New Orleans Saints coaches, manager

Mar 21, 2012
The National Football League punished officials of the New Orleans Saints today for a bounty program that paid bonuses to players for injuring opponents.
Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, La. Payton was suspended and fined today for a bounty program that paid bonuses to players for injuring opponents.
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Business morality good for public morality

Mar 21, 2012
Commentator Robert Reich says ethics in the boardroom can help save the economy.

Homeless, jobless flock to libraries

Mar 21, 2012
City libraries are trying to revamp to help homeless patrons, even as their budgets are slashed.

Host Kai Ryssdal meets with President Barack Obama for an exclusive interview, discussing energy, job creation, and the economy as Obama begins a two-day trip promoting his energy policy. Meanwhile, there’s an oil boom going on in western North Dakota, and the city at the heart of it is getting stretched beyond capacity. Commentator Robert Reich says America has a real problem with morality in business, but he knows a way to fix it. And libraries aren’t just for books or movies anymore — now they’re a place to turn for job skills, shelter and social services.

Music from the episode

Son Of Neckbone Beastie Boys
Father and Son Apollo Brown
Off Our Backs JD Samson & MEN