Marketplace for August 19, 2011

Episode Description 
Marketplace for August 19, 2011

What happens when the U.S. is no longer no. 1?

Historian David Kennedy offers a long-view of the U.S.'s role in the international economy over the last century -- and moving forward.
Posted In: Economy

Weekly Wrap: Should we be worried about the markets?

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street. This week: Following the volatility in the markets last week, what can we expect in the future?
Posted In: Wall Street

Back-to-school shopping begins

Retailers rely on gimmicks to cover rising costs
Posted In: Retail

Is debt the kryptonite of America's "superpower" status?

The U.S. owes $1.5 trillion to China. That indebtedness could mean politically tricky times ahead
Posted In: China

Small talk: Backyard timeshare and zombie protestors

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: a "backyard timeshare," a lesson on tweeting and eating, and zombie protestors.

The new destiny of big banks

It's Bank of America's turn to lay off thousands, but all big banks are waiting for the final reckoning still to come on their troubled real estate portfolios
Posted In: Banks

We want our AAA back! Or do we?

The United States can win back its AAA rating for government debt, if it's willing to compromise and sacrifice. But it's a matter of pride more than necessity
Posted In: Economy

Music from this show

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Take Me Back (Instrumental) [Explicit]
Aloe Blacc
They Want Real
D-Tension
No Cars Go
Arcade Fire