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Small Businesses Might Still Hire If Taxes Are Raised

President Obama has said it over and over — to help balance the federal budget, the wealthiest Americans should pay more in taxes. Republicans frame it a different way and say raising those taxes would hit small businesses, making them less likely to hire new workers.

Big Stores Changed Retail With Hands-On Shopping

This week we are exploring the evolution of the American shopping experience. Audie Cornish speaks with Jan Whitaker, who has researched the history and influence of the department store.

U.S. Officials Hope HSBC Penalty Sends A Message

One of Britain's largest banks has agreed to pay $1.9 billion to settle money laundering charges brought by U.S. officials. HSBC acknowledged that it transferred money for Mexican drug cartels and for countries such as Iran that are under international sanctions.

What Changes In Right-To-Work States?

The Michigan House approved two measures that would make the state the 24th in the nation to enact right-to-work legislation. Protesters continue to gather at the State Capitol in opposition to legislation that will likely weaken unions in the home of the United Auto Workers.
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Mobile Apps And Children's Privacy

Hundreds of smartphone and tablet apps aimed at kids are collecting and sharing personal data without informing parents. Join Diane and her guests as they discuss the latest concerns about mobile apps and children's privacy.


'Tis The Season To Avoid Charity Scams

It's the season of giving, especially when it comes to end-of-year charitable donations. But how do you know that your money is getting into the right hands? Host Michel Martin gets some useful tips on vetting charities from Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

You're Hired! Apprenticeships And Unemployed Youth

Tired of seeing young people unemployed or underemployed? Young people currently suffer from one of the highest jobless rates in the nation. Host Michel Martin speaks with Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute about solving youth unemployment through apprenticeships.

Are 'Fiscal Cliff' Conversations Going Anywhere?

President Obama is on the road, promoting his solution to the so-called "fiscal cliff." He's also in negotiations over the issue with House Speaker John Boehner. But can they come to an agreement in time? Host Michel Martin talks with Ron Christie, a Republican strategist, and Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor at George Mason University.