Marketplace for Friday, August 17, 2012

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Police in South Africa fired on striking miners yesterday and more than 30 people were killed. We look at how the incident could affect the mining industry. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have new bailout repayment terms which could make the government delay some tough decisions. Online auction site eBay is putting a ban on all supernatural products. Kai Ryssdal talks to Jess Walter about his new book "Beautiful Ruins," on 1960s Hollywood and the American Dream. And Sylvester Monroe looks at the difficulties with economic mobility where Chicago's housing projects used to be.

Demand for metals may be root of South African workers' unrest

More than 30 people were killed after police in South Africa fired on striking miners. How might the incident impact the nation's mining economy?
Posted In: South Africa, mining, precious metals, platinum

Economic mobility in Chicago's projects

Marketplace's Sylvester Monroe visits his childhood home -- a demolished public housing project in Chicago -- to see who made it out and who's moving up the economic ladder.
Posted In: Chicago, poverty, public housing, Segregation, economic mobility

Mortgage giants face new carrot -- and stick

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac get some slack on repaying government bailout funds. But they’ll have to shrink their businesses faster than planned.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, mortgage

Weekly Wrap: The sluggish U.S. economy

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: On the latest consumer sentiment survey and what's going in Europe.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap

Exploring the 'Beautiful Ruins' of the American Dream

In his new book, novelist Jess Walter crosses the globe and four decades, digging into the American Dream and what it means to succeed -- and fail -- in love and work.
Posted In: American dream, novel

eBay puts a hex on supernatural sales

Spells, curses, potions and psychics are being dropped by the online auction site.
Posted In: ebay

Small talk: Printing a house, music to wake up the Mars rover

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: The Californians Help Eliminate All The Evasive Registration Scofflaws program, the morning playlist of the Mars rover Curiosity, and a printer that can make a house.
Posted In: california, Curiosity rover, Printers

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