10 Business Stories to Watch For in 2011

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For the last two years, the news media has complained about a do-nothing Congress and a broken system. In fact, the 111th Congress, which cast its final vote on Wednesday, will go down as one of the most productive in recent memory. In 2010 alone, it overhauled health care, reformed Wall Street, extended unemployment benefits to record levels and closed the year with a decidedly un-lame "lame-duck" session.

Encore, please?

Making predictions is hard, especially about the future. But here we go anyway -- the 10 stories that will (probably) define 2011:

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Daniel Indiviglio and Derek Thompson are associate editors at The Atlantic.

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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.


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Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

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What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

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Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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