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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 20, 2011

The conflicts of Internet freedom

Steve Chiotakis talks to Evgeny Morozov, the author of "The Net Delusion," about why Internet freedom cuts both ways when it comes to users and governments.
Posted In: Internet

Target hires counselors to help employees

The discount store aims to cut absenteeism and high staff turnover by helping workers with problems such as financial stress and poor health.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Congress works to cut down business paperwork, at the expense of health care

Attempts to completely overturn health care reform aren't likely to succeed. But business is expected to score one victory in the process: the removal of a regulation that would have greatly expanded tax reporting.
Posted In: Small Business, Taxes

Traffic as an economic indicator

Researchers at Texas A&M University found at the depths of the great recession, the number of hours wasted in traffic plummeted. But as the economy improves more people are taking to the roads.

Currency discussions continue during the Chinese's visit

Jeremy Hobson speaks with Lael Brainard, Undersecretary for International Finance at the Treasury Department about economic discussions during the Chinese delegation's visit to the U.S.
Posted In: China

Understanding the meetings between U.S. businesses and the Chinese delegation

Michael Morris, CEO of American Electric Power in Columbus, Ohio, met with the Chinese delegation yesterday to discuss the relationship between U.S. businesses and China. He speaks with Steve Chiotakis about the meeting, and expectations for the future.

After bad sales abroad, Arby's could be for sale

The chairman of the Wendy's Arby's group said this morning he's considering selling Arby's and putting the focus on Wendy's. Nancy Marshall Genzer has more.
Posted In: Food

China's economy expands 10.3 percent in 2010

China announced a 10.3 percent growth in their economy of 2010 -- that's three times faster than the U.S.
Posted In: China

The U.S. turns to Britain for health care guidance

During the health care debate, some supporters used Britain's medical system as a possible model for the U.S. system. Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Health

Walmart expected to unveil new plans to sell healthier food

The nation's largest retailer, Walmart, is expected to announce a new plan to sell healthier food. Nancy Marshall Genzer explains how Walmart's announcement could reshape industries.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Automakers gear up for better fuel efficiency

Federal rules to increase fuel efficiency start to go into effect next year. Making cars smaller is the easiest way to boost miles per gallon, but Americans typically don't like small cars. As Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports, another road to greater fuel efficiency is to make cars lighter.
Posted In: Auto

Diane Swonk: The Chinese delegation's Chicago visit

Jeremy Hobson speaks with Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial in Chicago about the Chinese relationship to the Windy City, and Chicago's expectations from the delegate's visit.
Posted In: China

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Flux And Meter
Tommy Guerrero
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
LCD Soundsystem
Another Sunny Day
Belle And Sebastian
My Little Corner of the World
Yo La Tengo