Marketplace for Friday, Dec. 7, 2007

Episode Description 

When Oprah chooses sides

Celebrity endorsements of political candidates are nothing new. But we all know Oprah's more than just another celebrity. So we asked Stacey Vanek-Smith to take a look at what happens when brand Oprah picks a candidate.
Posted In: Entertainment

Gadgets galore available for gift-giving

When we want to know more about tech toys and gadgets, we call Kevin Pereira from G4 television. He brought some good stuff to play with -- just in time for holiday shopping.
Posted In: Retail

It's the economy again, stupid

Polls show the economy is moving up on the list of things voters care about in next year's elections. So, House Democrats met in Washington today to hone the economic message they want to spread over the next 11 months. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Health-care benefits of a different sort

Some employers are trying to cushion the blow of health-care costs to workers by offering benefits that are health-related and some that aren't. Mary-Rose Abraham reports.
Posted In: Health

Middle class keeps falling behind

Middle-class families have seen their incomes grow over the past couple of decades. But commentator Robert Frank says they're still having a hard time keeping up.

IMF plans to take its own advice

The International Monetary Fund is going to cut 400 positions, or 15% of its staff. The IMF is known for requiring developing countries to tighten their belts in return for loans. Jeff Tyler reports the IMF could use some of that same discipline.

Jobs report falls in a vague sweet spot

There was a certain beauty to today's unemployment report. The economy added almost 100,000 new jobs last month and you could interpret the numbers just about any way you wanted -- good, bad, or none of the above. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs, Wall Street

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