Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, April 3, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, April 3, 2009

U.N. plan helps poor get home loans

A new plan from the United Nations' housing agency may help the poor get home loans. Gretchen Wilson reports on how the program may work.
Posted In: Housing

ER lives through TV history

Throughout ER's 15-season run, television has undergone a transformation in both its technology and viewership. Renita Jablonski talks to Variety's Stuart Levine about how the TV landscape has changed since the show's inception.
Posted In: Entertainment

And the job losses will continue

Some are looking at today's jobless numbers and saying maybe we've finally reached the bottom. Other experts say consumer confidence has been hit hard. Steve Chiotakis reviews this morning's indicator with Jeremy Hobson.
Posted In: Jobs

Job losses could peak early 2010

U.S. job losses came to 663,000 last month, hitting the highest unemployment rate since 1983. Standard & Poor's economist Beth Ann Bovino tells Renita Jablonski the numbers were stronger than expected, but better numbers are on the horizon.
Posted In: Jobs

Would the Olympics help Chicago?

Chicago is one of the finalists to host the Olympics in 2016, and some say the games would raise billions of dollars and create jobs for the city. Others think the city will merely break even. Jennifer Collins reports.
Posted In: Sports

Companies cut back on office space

New data out today finds cash-strapped companies got rid of 25 million square feet of office space in the first quarter. The problem is likely to get worse due to the growing number of empty desks out there. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Housing

Fewer new jobs needed for recovery

While job creation could help turn the economy back around, it may not take as many new jobs to egg on a recovery as in previous recessions. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports that could be a good thing as job creation can be slow.
Posted In: Jobs

Now you can bid on a bag of groceries

Auctioneer Kirk Williams had a hunch to try putting frozen foods on his auction block, and the move turned out to be tremendously lucrative. Steve Chiotakis asks Williams how people feel about the food.
Posted In: Food

Baseball tries selling with star power

The baseball player's union is trying a new approach to selling merchandise at Citi Field in New York. Items at The Players Clubhouse must include a star player's name or likeness. Dan Grech explores how this might work.
Posted In: Sports

What SDRs can do for the economy

Leaders of the Group of 20 wrapped up this week's summit by expanding the role of the International Monetary Fund to help fix the world's economy. The measures are putting the spotlight on an obscure form of currency used by the IMF. Steve Chiotakis talks to Stephen Beard about the SDR.
Posted In: Investing

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Super Mario Bros. (Album Version)
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