Marketplace for February 23, 2011

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Marketplace for February 23, 2011

Letters: Wisconsin, living near public transit

Listener responses from recent Marketplace stories. This week: coverage of the Wisconsin union rights debates, the NHL lockout and the trend of moving closer to public transportation.

Will protests spread to Saudi Arabia?

As protests ripple across the Middle East, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil producer. Energy expert Amy Jaffe from Rice University talks about the potential for unrest in the country and the challenges it faces.

Middle East populations want end to corruption

In Middle East nations such as post-Mubarak Egypt, people who have suffered decades of corrupt autocratic rule now want to root out corruption.

Luxury shoppers make a comeback

As the recovery gets underway, retail's high-end starts doing better than its low-end. Case in point: Saks Fifth Avenue.
Posted In: Retail

How to fix Social Security

Commentator Robert Reich says there's one way to keep Social Security financially solvent. And it doesn't involve cutting benefits or raising the retirement age.

The making of a Russian blockbuster drug

Not long ago, Arbidol was considered a nearly useless drug. Now, it's a best seller, and a symbol of Russia's efforts to build its pharmaceutical industry, at any cost.
Posted In: Health, Russia

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Gotta Be Something
Northside Diehard
Wired For Light
School of Seven Bells
Four Tet
Big In Japan

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