Marketplace AM for May 15, 2007

Episode Description 

(Cafe)Press your politics and profit

If you can think it up, you can sell it on a bumper sticker. Coffee mug. T-shirt. Thong (yes, the underwear). makes it easy to market your political views or random thoughts. A lot of people are doing it — and making money, Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Science

Freelance-onomics 101: Bosses are for suckers

Something just doesn't feel right about having to answer to a boss, no? Freelance speechwriter James Braly explains that you take a big chance putting your livelihood in one person's hands. Better to spread the risk around. And give him a condo already.
Posted In: Housing, New York

Food prices spike on demand, energy costs

A new federal report says the sticker shock at many American supermarkets is directly related to the rising cost of energy and a bigger appetite across the globe. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

All the news that's fit to buy

Reuters and Canadian publisher Thomson have a $17.2 billion deal. Combined, the companies would create the world's biggest provider of financial news and data, but the proposed merger could face regulatory and union problems, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Tinkering with Chrysler

Cerberus may have picked up Chrysler for a steal <i>if</i> it can get the automaker back on a profitable course. We sent Steve Tripoli to find out whether analysts think a comeback is really in the works and what it'll take.
Posted In: Auto

Sex offenders still lurking on MySpace

MySpace is back in the hot seat. Eight states have asked the social networking site to hand over info on registered sex offenders and remove their profiles. MySpace says it's already working on the latter, Pat Loeb reports.
Posted In: Crime, Science

China launches 'charm offensive'

Vietnam and China haven't exactly had the friendliest history. But time, as they say, heals all wounds and recently the winds of trade have been pushing the neighboring countries closer than ever. Scott Tong explains.
Posted In: Canada

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