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Brake Complaints in Toyota Hybrid

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

More than 100 complaints are on file in the U.S. and Japan involving brakes in the Prius.

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Takeouts: Walking Away From a Mortgage, Scouts Turn 100, Listeners on Groundhog Day

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: For the first time since the Great Depression homeowners are thinking about walking away from their homes, despite having the money to keep up with their mortgage payments. New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us why.
  • SCOUTS TAKEOUT:  As the Boy Scouts of America turns 100 years old, its reintroducing itself to America. Part of the centennial plan is to recruit more Hispanics into the world of scouting. Marcos Nava, Hispanic Initiatives Team Leader with the scouting organization, explains the details and the motivation behind the plan. 
  • LISTENERS TAKEOUT: After we learned how the 1993 film, "Groundhog Day," has been used by religious communities, listeners tell us how the film has inspired them.

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Your Take: Helping Unemployed Friends

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Today we've been asking, "If you know someone who's unemployed, what is the number one thing you're offering? If you're unemployed, what's the one thing you'd want your friends to do?" We hear some of your responses.

What's your take?

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The Long Term Impact of the US Deficit

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Yesterday the Obama administration proposed a nearly $4 trillion budget for 2011. A front page analysis in today's New York Times points out that the projected deficit in the coming year is nearly 11 percent of the country’s entire economic output and may not change any time soon.

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Toyota Fix Not Fast Enough

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A small steel shim the size of a postage stamp is all Toyota says it will take to fix its sticky gas pedal problem. Once the parts arrive and the technicians are trained, the company says it's a repair job that takes about a half hour.

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Sony Pictures Lays Off 450 Workers

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Monday it would lay off 450 people, or 6.5 percent of its company, by the first week of March.

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What Can The Employed Do For Their Unemployed Friends?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

It's a question on the minds of lots of employed people these days: What can I do to help my unemployed friends? Justin Jones-Fosu, leadership trainer and host of WEAA Baltimore's "Listen Up," shares advice and information for those who want to help, but are afraid of sounding condescending.

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Takeouts: Obama in New Hampshire, Costs of Toyota Recall, Conservative Super Bowl Ads

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich reports on President Obama's trip to New Hampshire — and on the continued reaction back on Capitol Hill to the president's budget.
  • AUTO TAKEOUT: We know that Toyota Motor Corporation’s recall of 6.5 million cars across eight of their product lines will cost the company at least $1 billion up front.  Advertising consultant Cindy Gallop tells us that it will end up costing the company much more to repair its damaged brand.
  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: New York Times business and finance reporter Louise Story says the lifting of a ban on Super Bowl commercials with an activist message has paved the way for a commercial from the conservative group, Focus on the Family.

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Helping Unemployed Friends

Monday, February 01, 2010

We're talking about how friends and family can help people who are unemployed. How are you helping friends who have lost their jobs? If you are unemployed, what kind of help do you need?

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Joined Lives, Separate Finances: More Couples Keep Money Apart

Monday, February 01, 2010

It's not news that a lot of couples squabble about money. But what might come as a surprise is the fact that more and more couples are trying to avoid those money fights by keeping their finances separate. In a 2009 survey by PayPal, 57 percent of couples said they kept all or some of their money apart, up from 48 percent in 2008.

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Economy Grows by 5.7 Percent

Friday, January 29, 2010

The economy grew 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of last year. That makes it the second straight quarter of growth and the fastest since 2003. We find out more about the numbers and whether they say anything about the employment situation, with Wall Street Journal reporter Kelly Evans.

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Small Business Owners Assess President Obama's Jobs Plan

Friday, January 29, 2010

In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed to spend $30 billion to help small businesses weather the tough economy. This is the latest move by the administration to support small business owners, but has any of these plans materialized into practical help? We put the question to small business owners in different parts of the country.

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Takeouts: Debt and Deficit, Music Merger, Your Take on Child Sex Abuse

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to announce a three-year freeze in budget spending. Takeaway correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at the plan that will save an estimated $250 billion over 10 years.
  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT: Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department cleared the way for a massive merger between two of the world’s biggest concert promoters, Live Nation and Ticketmaster. The New York Times' Louise Story tells us more.
  • LISTENER TAKEOUT: On yesterday's show, we talked with two doctors about how much child sex abuse is traumatic to the victim and when. It inspired one listener to call us about her own experience.

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The Value: A Repeat Felon Chooses a Straight Life

Monday, January 25, 2010

In our regular series, "The Value: What Matters to Us Most," correspondent Farai Chideya interviews a father of three in Newark, NJ, who is a repeat felon trying to stay straight.

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Takeouts: Money, Sports, Comedy

Friday, January 15, 2010

  • MONEY TAKEOUT: The Red Cross has collected more than $5 million for its earthquake relief fund from text message donations. We talks to New York Times finance reporter Louise Story.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about this weekend's NFL faceoffs: Indianapolis vs. Baltimore, Arizona vs. New Orleans, The Jets vs. The Chargers, and Dallas vs. Minnesota.
  • COMEDY TAKEOUT:  It's musical chairs at NBC as Leno moves back to late night and Conan O'Brien refuses to move the tonight show past midnight.

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Elizabeth Warren on Panel's Grilling of Wall St. CEOs

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The CEOs of the country's major banks came under a grilling yesterday, as the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission kicked off hearings on the causes of last year's economic meltdown. We get reaction from Elizabeth Warren, who heads the group charged with overseeing the U.S. banking bailout, the Congressional Oversight Panel

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Race and Work

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

As Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s light complexion remind us, race still plays into people’s perceptions of who can be elected. But there are companies and industries that are trying to close that race gap.

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How Checklists Can Save Your Life

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Can a checklist save a life? Dr. Atul Gawande thinks so. He talks with us about his new book, “The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right,” and about how the simple act of checking items off a well-designed list can transform healthcare, workplaces, and our response to life’s disasters. 

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Internships: Not Just For Kids Anymore

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

You may think that internships are for kids, but they can be the perfect way to relaunch a career or reinvent one if you’re in your 30s, 40s, or older. In this week's work segment, we get the scoop on adult internships from our work contributor, Beth Kobliner. We also chat with Kelly Barbieri, a 41-year-old who went from laid-off print journalist to managing editor of relocation.com, thanks to an internship she did this past fall with YourTango.com.

Beth recommends the following sites to those who are seeking adult internships:

weddles.com
vault.com
careerbuilder.com
craigslist.org
wowowow.com

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Big Rollercoaster, No Seatbelt: The Decade's Economy

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What goes down, must come up, and then go back down again...at least that's been the story of our economy over the past ten years. As we continue our week-long look back at the decade that was, Zanny Minton Beddoes of the Economist puts the topic of money into perspective: from the major milestones of the 2000s to the aftershocks we'll be dealing with from years to come. 

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