Posted by Ryan Faughnder

For Marketplace Morning Report, Thu., Aug. 4, 2011

A sputtering economy shakes the stock market as the Dow nosedives 300 points. First time jobless claims fall. Central bankers try to keep their respective economies rolling, but what can the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, do now that interest rates are as low as they can go? Kraft foods announces it will divide itself in two. By adjusting its monetary policy, Japan tries to avoid recession. The Gap tries a surprising, trendy marketing tool: food trucks. Author Jonathan Copulsky explains how companies can manage their image in the era of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. One researcher thinks Wall Street is an easy target for hackers. Hitachi and Mitsubishi prepare to merge. And do U.S. workers want call center jobs? We ask Marketplace's Gregory Warner.

Here are the songs we played today:

  • In The Morning - Natural SelfBuy
  • Arroz Con Pollo - MaxwellBuy
  • What You Know - Two Door Cinema ClubBuy
  • Fast As You Can - Fiona Apple
  • Keep On Looking - Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsBuy