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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Friday, August 31, 2012

One new report finds that one way to define ourselves as "middle class" is simply having a job. We look at the economic advantages of being a presidential nominee -- even if you don't win. Lego's choice to start marketing directly to girls was criticized for reinforcing gender stereotypes, but company sales have gone up. Kai Ryssdal checks in with two small businessowners in Louisiana and Missouri to see how they're faring after Hurricane Isaac. Queena Kim reports on the viral success of "Gangnam Style." And we hear from an owner of a furniture company about all the empty-chair hoopla surrounding Clint Eastwood's speech at the RNC.

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