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It's your turn

| Aug 21, 2007
Marketplace listeners respond to our coverage of carbon offsets, Tim Bedore's commentary on America's infrastructure, and the recent toy recall.

An out-of-this-world-business plan

Kai Ryssdal | Aug 21, 2007
Wealthy entrepreneurs are spending millions of dollars to develop spaceships and a space hotel for what they see as the next big thing: commercial space travel. Author Michael Belfiore has a new book about it. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Travel

Models Don't Work All the Time

Chris Farrell | Aug 21, 2007
The Washington Post has a story on how textbook brilliant Wall Street rocket scientists lacking street smarts blew it. Here's what I take is the...

Another mortgage business goes down

Scott Jagow | Aug 21, 2007
Layoffs at Countrywide made headlines yesterday, even as the company took out full-page newspaper ads to say everything's going to be OK. Meanwhile, Capitol One decided to quit the wholesale mortgage business. We asked Ben Steverman for a reality check.
Posted In: Housing, Wall Street

Will Tribune deal miss the porch?

Lisa Napoli | Aug 21, 2007
This morning the Tribune Company board is supposed to approve an $8 billion deal to take the company private, but between the recent market volatility and a wilting newspaper industry, its original aim might be way off. Lisa Napoli explains.
Posted In: Wall Street

Even homework gets outsourced

| Aug 21, 2007
Globalization has reached grade school. Thanks to the Internet and a little entrepreneurial spirit, some students are getting help with their studies from tutors on the other side of the world. Francesca Segre reports.
Posted In: Canada

Wal-Mart music can now be replicated

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Aug 21, 2007
Wal-Mart plans to start selling music downloads without copy protection at a cheaper rate per song than iTunes. But some say the move won't necessarily bump up online sales. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail

Time to pony up for road repair

Jeremy Hobson | Aug 21, 2007
It's going to cost some $250 million to repair the collapsed highway bridge in Minnesota and there are already calls for more federal funds to fix other bridges around the country. So where's Congress going to get all that cash? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Taxes, Washington

Washington cash flow shifts left

Steve Henn | Aug 21, 2007
For the first time in 18 years, Democratic candidates are out-fundraising their GOP counterparts. That means people with a lot of money are betting the Dems will hold onto power, Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

Return of the DVD wars

Jill Barshay | Aug 21, 2007
Don't buy that new DVD player yet. Just when you thought Sony had won the hi-def home movie war and established Blu-ray as the dominant format, two major movie studios yesterday helped HD-DVD strike back. Jill Barshay has more.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science