Marketplace for Friday, August 13, 2010

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Marketplace for Friday, August 13, 2010

Small talk: Gmail, face punch, soaps

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Dalasie Michaelis, Krissy Clark, and Stacey Vanek-Smith about stories involving Gmail, young men punching their co-workers in the face, and soap operas.

Mortgage rates low, but housing stuck

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland talks with Kai Ryssdal about why people aren't taking advantage of historically low mortgage rates, whether it's affecting home prices at all, and who is refinancing right now.
Posted In: Housing

Weekly Wrap: The fed and bonds

CNBC's John Carney from Reuters blogger Felix Salmon talk with Kai Ryssdal about whether they were surprised by the Federal Reserve's announcement that the economy is still stalling and the bond market.

'Eat Pray Love...' and shop!

"Eat Pray Love" is open in theaters, though I probably don't have to tell you that because the movie's being promoted like crazy. Oh, and there are the products: travel packages, clothing, prayer beads. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on how a book about one woman's quest to de-clutter her life has spawned a mega-marketing blitz.

Murdoch plans tablet newspaper

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch says he plans to launch a digital newspaper made just for distribution on tablet computers like the iPad. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Internet

Taxes on H-1B visas pay for border bill

President Obama signed a $600 million border security bill that will put more agents and equipment on the job along the Mexican border. But with the U.S. bank balance deeply in the red, where's that money coming from? According to the White House, from taxes on H-1B visas for skilled workers. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Criticism over Germany's good economy

Germany reported its best set of economic figures in more than 20 years. It achieved this feat by doing what many countries can only dream of: exporting its way out of trouble. And how did the world respond to Germany's good fortune? With a hail of criticism. Stephen Beard explains.

Lining up at the 'World of Harry Potter'

After five years in the making, "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is now open at the Universal theme park in Orlando. And it's drawing huge crowds. But the influx of guests is giving Universal a lesson in crowd control. Katie Ball reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

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Punks In The Beerlight
Silver Jews
The Sidewalk Cruise
Cassettes Won't Listen
Smoke On The Water
Pat Boone
What's Crazy (Instrumental)

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