Marketplace AM for August 2, 2007

Episode Description 

Peace propels property values in N. Ireland

After decades of violence, Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant parties finally signed a peace deal in 1998. The changes since haven't been just political. The region is also experiencing an unprecedented housing boom. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Canada, Housing

Put away your China-made toys

Mattel's Fisher-Price is recalling some $30 million worth of toys made in China because the paint used on them may contain too much lead. Geoff Dyer explains why this particular case is an unusually worrying one.
Posted In: Canada, Health

Mouse + Penguin = cash cow

Sales of TV ads and theme park tickets helped boost earnings at Disney in the last quarter, but the Mouse House is already wooing tomorrow's customers. Yesterday it announced it's buying popular social networking site Club Penguin. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Pros, cons of protecting against Yuan

China has been accused of keeping the value of its currency low to bolster exports. Cheap goods help U.S. retailers but can hurt manufacturers. Jill Barshay reports on the battle in Congress over protectionist measures.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Another foul for student loans

The student loan industry is already in big trouble. Now there are implications that athletics departments at 40 universities have been playing along with some ethically questionable marketing tactics. Jeremy Hobson explains.
Posted In: Crime

Why so bullish for Blackstone?

Questions about possible conflicts of interest involving stock analysts have surfaced again. Like how reliable are their recommendations, especially when they have vested ties to the stocks they're pushing? Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Mexico bordering on a new philosophy

While the U.S. wrestles over illegal immigration, a similar debate is occurring in Mexico over its southern border with Guatemala. But instead of building fences, Mexico's Congress may decriminalize the act and just send offenders home. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada, Immigration, Mexico

Is StubHub's MLB catch good for fans?

The eBay ticket-trading service gets an exclusive deal with baseball to re-sell tickets on team Websites. But critics complain about the markup, and the move could block cheaper competitors. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Sports

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The Essential Billy Joel (2CD)
Billy Joel
Not Another Teen Movie
Theodore Shapiro
Chattanooga Choo Choo: The #1 Hits
Ray!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Craig Armstrong

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