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Teen Innovator from Sierra Leone Wows MIT

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How do you get from a culture that depends on aid to a culture that promotes innovation? The story of Kelvin Doe, a 16-year-old from the West African nation of Sierra Leone, offers hope. David Sengeh, a PhD student at MIT, recently arranged for Doe to visit the United States.

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When a College Degree Doesn't Matter in the Job Creation Equation

Friday, December 07, 2012

The US Labor Department releases its monthly employment numbers this morning. With every job lost or gained, there’s at least one economist wagging his or her finger about how the value of a college education is more and more important in today's tough job market. But Sharon Virts Mozer, the CEO of FCi Federal who has created over 1,000 jobs, believes that most employers overestimate the power of a four year degree.

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A Map for Finding Our Fiscal Way

Friday, December 07, 2012

There are likely many images that spring to mind when considering the "fiscal cliff," but for the dean of Columbia Business School, Glenn Hubbard, the looming austerity crisis brings back memories of summer vacations in Ogunquit, Maine: a scenic coastal walk along a narrow path on a cliff. Hubbard says there is a safe way down the rocky path to reach the beach below, but you just need to find the right way to get there. Hubbard was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush. He explains why our system was set up to create a "fiscal cliff" in the first place.

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The Takeaway

The First Commercial Flight to the Moon

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Today, the Golden Spike Company is expected to announce their plans to become the first commercial enterprise to undertake a private flight to the moon. Co-founder Doug Griffith discusses the the company's plans. 

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The Takeaway

Students Fight for Colleges to Drop Fossil Fuel Holdings

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Climate change never found its way into the 2012 presidential campaign, but college students across dozens of campuses have launched a campaign of their own. Their goal is to divest university endowments of holdings in fossil fuel companies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

China: The Politics of Business

Thursday, December 06, 2012

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese businesspeople and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.

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    The Takeaway

    Do Tax Incentives Really Create Jobs?

    Tuesday, December 04, 2012

    A three-part investigation by our partner The New York Times may offer some unsettling news for both taxpayers and local officials who have assumed that providing attractive incentives to businesses would create jobs. Investigative reporter Louise Story explains her findings.

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    The Takeaway

    Boehner Puts Forward Fiscal Cliff Counter Offer

    Tuesday, December 04, 2012

    On Monday, Majority Leader John Boehner introduced a $2.2 trillion plan to avoid the fiscal cliff. President Obama and the Democrats are looking to cut $600 billion in spending, with $1.6 trillion in tax increases, primarily through increasing taxes on Americans earning more than $250,000 per year. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich explains the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations, and Diane Lim, chief economist at the Concord Coalition, analyzes the economic details.

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    The Takeaway

    Latin America's New Middle Class

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    There is a middle class emerging in Latin America — far south of the white picket fences and the syndicated episodes of "Leave It To Beaver." But who is this middle class? What do they want? And what will this group mean for the world market? Answering these questions, and more, are Christopher Sabatini, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly, and Jamele Rigolini, senior economist at the World Bank.

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    The Takeaway

    'We're Nowhere' on the Fiscal Cliff

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    Worries about the fiscal cliff are beginning to sound like predictions from the Mayan calendar. Dave Weigel, political reporter from Slate, tries to demystify the smoke and mirrors of Washington politics.

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    The Takeaway

    Your Fiscal Cliff Questions, Answered

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    What is the difference between the fiscal cliff and the threat of the government shut-down, last year? What are the chances that Congress will do nothing more than change the January 1, 2013 deadline? What will the fiscal cliff mean for my federal student loans? Takeaway listeners wrote in with these and other questions about the fiscal cliff. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich is here with the answers. 

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    The Takeaway

    Small Business Owners Cope with Loss

    Friday, November 02, 2012

    Despite the optimistic outlook that the urgent need to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy will result in the creation of jobs, small businesses in New York have taken a huge hit.  New York City small business owners Dawn Casale, and Sherry Delamarter share the impact Sandy has had on their livelihoods, and how they are moving forward in her aftermath.

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    Employment Report Beats Expectations

    Friday, November 02, 2012

    Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its final unemployment report in advance of the 2012 election on Tuesday, November 6. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for Takeaway co-producer WNYC, and Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, explain the October numbers and what they mean for election day.

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    China Prepares for Leadership Transition as US Readies for Presidential Election

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    On November 8, just two days after Election Day in the United States, the Chinese Community Party will undergo its own leadership transition, at the 2012 Party Congress. China has figured prominently into the 2012 presidential election, but how much do we understand about the nation of 1.3 billion people?

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    The Takeaway

    Obama and Romney Prepare for Debate in Boca Raton, Epicenter of Financial Crisis

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    In 1994, a group of young J.P. Morgan bankers met for a weekend retreat in the South Florida city of Boca Raton, a fateful trip during which the bankers first conceived of credit derivatives, a creative financial tool that helped hasten the recession. President Obama and Governor Romney debate in Boca Raton today. Financial Times editor Gillian Tett explores the beginning of the financial crisis.

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    The Takeaway

    Is Manufacturing the Key to Innovation?

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    The revival of American manufacturing has been a constant refrain in presidential campaigns, and 2012 is no exception. But does American manufacturing have a future? In a new book, "Producing Prosperity: Why America Needs a Manufacturing Renaissance," Harvard Business School professors Gary Pisano and Willy Shih argue that it must — and that manufacturing is the key to American innovation.

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    Small Business Owners React to Jobs Report

    Friday, October 05, 2012

    The recently-released ADP September jobs report showed modest growth in the job market. While all of this will certainly be hailed as positive results from the Democrats, Republicans and other detractors will be quick to point out that job growth has been significantly less than what was expected.

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    The Takeaway

    Mitt Romney: Auto Bailout Beneficiary

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter at WGBH, Boston Public Radio, tells the story of how Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, may have gained financially from the American auto bailout he has long opposed.

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    Samsung Shares Drop after Loss in Patent Infringement Battle

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    Shares of Samsung Electronics fell by almost 7.5 percent in trading in Asia today, investors no doubt responding to the decision against the electronics company by a federal jury in California. On Friday, the jury ordered that Samsung pay its rival Apple more than a billion dollars in damages for patent infringement.

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    The Takeaway

    Have Financial Markets Polluted Our Moral Code?

    Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Banking scandals have dominated the headlines this summer. Now Michael Sandel, professor of political philosophy at Harvard University, is arguing that market-driven thinking has corrupted our moral code — not just on Wall Street, but in our everyday interactions.

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