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Marketplace AM for April 11, 2007

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Direct student loans only, please

Commentator Robert Reich says the federal direct student loan program works well, so we should stop having taxpayers pay more to subsidize loans issued by banks and other private lenders.

'Filmanthropists' make their mark

Deep-pocketed investors who are more interested in finding an audience for their messages than chasing returns at the box office are changing the business model for documentary filmmaking.
Posted In: Entertainment

Rainforests for a steal

Greenpeace has accused 20 companies of making illegal deals with African village chiefs to log a huge chunk of the world's second largest rainforest — in some cases in exchange for bags of salt, machetes and bicycles.
Posted In: Canada

Congress considers passenger rights

Stranded airline passengers made a lot of headlines this winter, and last week a study reported that quality was down across the industry. . . again. Today lawmakers may try to legislate better service, but is that even possible?
Posted In: Travel, Washington

Mango ice-breaker for trade talks

The U.S. is trying to make nice in the global trade arena — or at least nicer. Washington is giving India greater access to the American consumer market by lifting the ban on its mangoes. In return, India's allowing Harley sales there.
Posted In: Canada

Insuring hurricane alley

States in hurricane alley want a national catastrophe fund, but those inland are asking why they should be burdened. And critics want to know why the insurance companies need bailouts at all when they keep posting record profits.
Posted In: Washington

Talk of a record buyout

The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is reportedly considering a takeover bid for media giant Bell Canada. The expected offer of $45 billion would make it the biggest leveraged buyout in history.
Posted In: Canada