Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, March 12, 2012

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At the end of March, funding for more than 100,00 highway and transit projects dries up unless Congress can agree on an extension. We get another look at people struggling one year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. And NBC experiments with a new kind of 'Must See TV,' stacking its Monday night line up.

What the Federal Reserve has left in its arsenal

What more can the Federal Reserve do to help boost the American economy?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Operation Twist

Many pushing back against EU carbon tax

Europe's biggest airlines say a new European tax on the carbon dioxide coming out their jet engines is a bad idea.
Posted In: carbon tax, European Union, Airlines

Mass transit on the rise, even before high gas prices

The American Public Transportation Association says transit ridership around the country is at its second highest level since the 1950s. Ridership jumped 2.3 percent last year.
Posted In: Transportation, gas prices

Genetic testing gaining popularity, dropping in price

A study by the UnitedHealth Group released this morning says we spent about $5 billion on genetic tests in 2010 and could spend $25 billion by the end of the decade.
Posted In: health care, genetics, babies

Japan's economy, one year later

Today the Bank of Japan is holding a meeting to talk about monetary policy for the third largest economy in the world, one year after the earthquake tsunami and nuclear disaster there.
Posted In: Japan, supply chain, tsunami

The growth of the genetic testing industry

A new study that predicts that Americans could be spending $25 billion a year by the end of this decade on genetics testing. It's believed that the prospect of being able to sequence whole genomes at an affordable cost now is really a gamechanger.
Posted In: Health, genetics, disease

PODCAST: A Hollywood flop, a booming transit system

At the end of March, funding for more than 100,00 highway and transit projects dries up unless Congress can agree on an extension. We get another look at people struggling one year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. And NBC experiments with a new kind of 'Must See TV,' stacking its Monday night line up.

Building skyscrapers at record speed

A new 30 story building in China went up in just two weeks. How is this possible and more importantly, how can it be safe?
Posted In: skyscraper, China

Funding cuts stall long-term transportation projects

The Senate is likely to pass an extension of the federal transportation spending bill this week. But it will only fund highway and transit projects for two years. Most generally take five years.
Posted In: infrastructure, Transportation, Congress

NBC bets on stacked Monday night programming

NBC has lagged in the ratings. Once a Thursday superstar, the network is placing its bets on Monday night with “The Voice” and “Smash.”
Posted In: Entertainment, tv, NBC, The Voice

Families in Japan inching towards recovery after Fukushima

It has been a year since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. And the economy there is finally starting to look better, but many families are still struggling to regain their former lives.
Posted In: Japan, Fukushima, tsunami

The problem with today's blockbusters

The new Disney movie "John Carter" took in just $30 million over the weekend -- a disappointing opening for a movie that cost a quarter of a billion dollars to make. How has the world of blockbusters changed?
Posted In: hollywood, movies, disney

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Guns Are Drawn
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Every Party Has A Winner And A Loser
Erlend Oye
Ring Finger
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Hella Good
No Doubt