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Big Girl Cosmetics owes its glow to Oprah

May 7, 2012
Seven years ago Kiley Russell sold the car she received as a lucky audience member at The Oprah Winfrey show. Today, that seed money has grown into a thriving cosmetics business.
Posted In: Entrepreneur, Small Business, cosmetics, Oprah

PODCAST: Austerity goes to the polls in Europe

May 7, 2012
The French elect a socialist president, and the Greek parliament gets a shake-up. It's all in a weekend for voters in Europe who took to the polls in what turned out to be a referendum on harsh austerity measures aimed at solving Europe's financial crisis. Also on the show, Disney avenges at the box office with a superhero blockbuster, college degrees as an employment perk, and Hollywood fights for California's State Parks.
Posted In: Greece, France, podcast

PODCAST: Facebook IPO numbers out, Ikea in hot water

May 4, 2012
In the U.K., voters delivered big losses to the ruling Conservative party yesterday. This weekend, voters in both France and Greece will go to the polls and the expectation is that they'll be in a bit of an anti-austerity mood. Are 401(k)s really the right ticket to a happy retirement? The movie "The Avengers" opens in the U.S. today -- but it has already brought in more than $250 million around the world. And tomorrow is the 138th Kentucky Derby. Horse raising is a multi-billion dollar business, and a growing percentage of that money is being spent on cutting-edge veterinary care.

Mid-Day Extra: Starbucks gets into the money-lending business

May 3, 2012
Starbucks is working with a pioneer in microlending in developing countries - the Grameen Foundation - to lend money to small coffee farmers.
Posted In: starbucks, microlending

Podcast: CEO pay up, teacher layoffs are too

May 3, 2012
CEOs get a raise as average pay goes up 15 percent. Meanwhile, planned job cuts rose 7 percent in April, with the education sector hardest hit. The head of the European Central Bank said today that economic growth has to be central to the plan to get Europe out of its debt crisis. But a shift away from austerity will be easier said than done. Plus, Clinton and Geithner meet in China for talks; Tsunami trash headed to our Pacific shores; and older workers facing softening job market.
Posted In: podcast

PODCAST: Closer to a Facebook IPO, cloudier on an employment recover

May 2, 2012
President Obama said last night during his speech in Kabul, Afghanistan that the goal is for Afghan forces to lead combat operations by next year. Here in this country we'll get some indication this morning of how the housing market is doing. Another way to gauge the health of the housing market, of course, is to check one of those websites like Zillow or Trulia. Executives from the online TV site Hulu are in New York today -- along with their counterparts from Yahoo, Youtube and AOL -- selling their content to advertisers. Elsewhere in New York, the painting known as The Scream goes on auction at Sotheby's.

More from Steve Coll on ExxonMobil

May 1, 2012
ExxonMobil, one of the biggest companies in the world, has battled scandal after scandal and shaped much of how power works in modern society. How did it get to the top?
Posted In: ExxonMobil, Oil

PODCAST: Happy International Workers' Day

May 1, 2012
Exxon Mobil trades off with Apple as the top company in the U.S., but most Americans still know very little about it. A new book out today could change that. Later this morning, we'll find out whether the big auto companies were still selling lots of cars in April. And what do high sales mean for auto workers? Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines is buying an oil refinery in an attempt to cut costs.

PODCAST: Bill Gates goes back to school... kind of

Apr 30, 2012
This week, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections; and in some ways, the eurozone is a lot like a bar. In New York City, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the city. And when can spying on workers actually be a good thing?

Chinese demand for cotton could hit global prices

Apr 30, 2012
According to the Wall Street Journal, cotton has become part of the fabric of life in China -- the country has bought over a million tons of the fluffy white stuff in the last seven months.
Posted In: China, cotton, demand

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A special series from the Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk looking at the demographics of the growing income gap. For instance, based on sales data from the last few months of 2012, we know that Toyota is the go-to car brand for people making about the median household income. Similar data exists about commute times, home ownership and all sorts of information.