Mitt Romney’s Shrinking Lead, Boosting Europe’s Economy, Italy’s Accordion Industry, New Hampshire Humor: Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on January 9, 2012

1:06pm: Mitt Romney’s commanding lead in New Hampshire has shrunk and some polls show Jon Huntsman closing in on second place. Could Huntsman have a breakout moment? We’ll talk about it.

1:12pm: At a conference in Berlin today, the leaders of France and Germany said boosting growth in the European economy is a priority. How can Europe jumpstart its economy?

1:35pm: More than 70% of the Italy’s economic output comes from small enterprises. The big problem is that small businesses aren’t growing. Economists worry that that could derail Italy’s efforts to dig out from under its two-and-a-half trillion dollar debt load. We’ll look at one small industry, at least, that’s been going strong for 150 years: the accordion industry.

1:40pm: ow do you explain New Hampshire to an outsider? It’s the only state in the nation without a mandatory seat belt law; motorcycle riders don’t have to wear helmets; and liquor stores are the first thing you see you as you drive into the state. New Hampshire comedian, Juston McKinney joins us with the lowdown on the ‘Live Free and Die’ state.

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