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No packaging? No problem

Stephen Beard | Nov 15, 2007
British cosmetics manufacturer Mark Constantine is very critical of his own industry, and he's started a revolution in the world of marketing -- products with minimal packaging, aimed at a green market.
Posted In: Retail

A local model for global sustainability

Sam Eaton | Nov 15, 2007
The northern Washington town of Bellingham may be the epicenter of a new economic model for a post-consumerist economy: Locally produced goods and services focused on what surrounding communities need and can sustain.
Posted In: Economy

Spending our way to wealth

Sarah Gardner | Nov 15, 2007
It wasn't that long ago that being thrifty was America's number-one virtue. But beginning with FDR, a string of presidents has extolled the virtues of Keynesian economics and spending our way to wealth. Sarah Gardner reports.

Learn a lesson from the Dark Ages

| Nov 15, 2007
Commentator David Frum says that buying local is laudible, but globalization of the consumer economy has brought unprecedented wealth to more people than ever before. So, do we really want to repeat ancient history?

Mass. health plan at next milestone

Steve Tripoli | Nov 14, 2007
Massachusetts residents are required to sign up for the state's health insurance program by tomorrow. Steve Tripoli has an early report card on the Bay State's attempt at universal coverage.
Posted In: Health

The splurge is over, folks

| Nov 14, 2007
With home prices dropping, the dollar sliding and consumer confidence way down, commentator Robert Reich says it isn't just banks that are feeling the pinch.
Posted In: Economy

Are United and Delta talking merger?

Kai Ryssdal | Nov 14, 2007
Rumors of a merger between Delta and United were reported today, but Delta CEO Richard Anderson issued a statement denying the whole thing. Before that hit the wires, Kai Ryssdal talked with Julius Maldutis of the consulting firm Aviation Dynamics.

Can Medicaid stop paying tax cheats?

Nancy Marshall-Genzer | Nov 14, 2007
Doctors, hospitals and nursing homes that haven't bothered to pay federal taxes are still getting Medicaid checks. Congress is trying to solve the problem. But as Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports, the government's hands may be tied.
Posted In: Crime, Health

A little informational exuberance

Bob Moon | Nov 14, 2007
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the central bank is going to start being more open with its economic prognostications. Marketplace's Bob Moon takes a look at what's behind the announcement with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Giving giants a green makeover

| Nov 14, 2007
The LA Auto Show previews to the media today with an emphasis on big, green vehicles. Renita Jablonski tells us how GM is trying to sell a Cadillac Escalade without the guilt, and what Chrysler is using as competition.
Posted In: Auto