Marketplace for Friday, August 21, 2009

Episode Description 

Breaking free from the spending fix

Some consumers find credit cards are as addictive as cigarettes or alcohol. But programs like Debtors Anonymous offer plastic junkies the support to quit for good. Tess Vigeland reports.

Twitter searches for tweet success

The social networking site faces two big challenges: It's not making money and its popularity is becoming a liability. So it's considering selling consumer information to businesses. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Science

Weekly Wrap: Stocks, cars, health care

Fortune magazine's Leigh Gallagher and Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon talk with Tess Vigeland about overly optimistic investors, the impact of Cash for Clunkers, and the health care debate.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Lead poisoning hits China's children

China is dealing internally with two lead-poisoning scandals at once. More than 2,000 children have been affected from metal-smelting facilities near rural Chinese villages. Scott Tong reports from Hunan province.

Bernanke sees economy growing soon

At a meeting of central bankers, Ben Bernanke said a return to growth in the near term appears likely. Tess Vigeland gets an analysis of the Federal Reserve chief's address from Michael Bernstein of Tulane University.

Are homes sales a sign of a turnaround?

Existing home sales surged in July as buyers took advantage of lower prices. Is it a sign the housing crisis is relenting? Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Housing

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Sound The Alarm
Thievery Corporation
He's Just Not That Into You Original Motion Picture Soundtrack