Business, Economics and Jobs

Bell Labs

In the second half of the 20th century, it was a hotbed of unfettered creativity, churning out inventions, patents, and Nobel Prizes. From the TV to the fax machine, to the telephone itself -- if Bell Labs didn't invent it, they probably perfected it. Michelle Mercer looks back at the little lab from New Jersey that could.


Manure magic

Dealing with large amounts of manure on industrial livestock farms has never been easy, environmentally sustainable, or profitable, but that's starting to change. Living on Earth reports on a growing industry that capitalizes on the power poop.

Business, Economics and Jobs

The incredible shrinking job market

Payrolls shrunk for the sixth straight month in June as more than 60 thousand jobs disappeared. The unemployment rate stayed steady in June at 5.5 percent, the highest level in four years. The Takeaway talks to New York Times economic reporter Louis Uchitelle about what we might expect next. Guest: Louis Uchitelle, New York Times economic reporter

Arts, Culture & Media

Fireworks shortage

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Julie Heckman of the American Pyrotechnics Association to find out why port restrictions in China are causing a shortage of fireworks here for Fourth of July celebrations.

Global Politics

Zimbabwe banknotes

A German company that supplies the special paper for Zimbabwe's banknotes has bowed to pressure. It's announced that it will stop doing business with Robert Mugabe's government.