Marketplace for Friday, December 18, 2009

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Friday, December 18, 2009

Small talk: Dickens, Wal-Mart, wrestling

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Rod Abid, Deb Clark and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar business stories involving Charles Dickens' toothpick, Wal-Mart's site-to-store shipping, and Obama wrestling.

A new twist on holiday bonuses, parties

The economy is changing the way businesses and employees celebrate the holiday season. Adrienne Hill reports people are thinking creatively as they scale back.
Posted In: Charity

Positive signs in tech company sales

Earnings at top technology companies like Oracle and RIM, the makers of the Blackberry, have been better than expected. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports investors are hopeful businesses are finally starting to spend money again.
Posted In: Science, Wall Street

Weekly Wrap: Health of the big banks

Fortune Magazine's Leigh Gallagher and The Big Money's Heidi Moore talk with Kai Ryssdal about what's going on with the big banks, and whether we have missed our chance to regulate them.
Posted In: Wall Street

Sizing up the excess Christmas trees

Christmas trees are essentially recession proof, but it's still been a rough year for the industry. Some Oregon farmers are trying to make the best of it. Amelia Templeton reports.

A climate of survival vs. self-interest

Regardless of the outcome from the climate conference in Copenhagen, all the players there will be dealing with one major concern that isn't going away. Sam Eaton explains.

Agreement reached at climate summit

A "meaningful agreement" was reached as the UN climate conference wrapped up. European correspondent Stephen Beard talks with Kai Ryssdal about what that agreement entails and what happens next.

The best business books of 2009

Marketplace commentators name their favorite finance and business books from the past year. Plus, see Kai Ryssdal's list of top books and his interviews with their authors.
Posted In: Books

Music from this show

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O Tannenbaum (Instrumental) [feat. Allen Farnham]
Jesse Davis
Mr. Policeman
Rick James
Still Hard Times
David "Fathead" Newman
Warning Sign
Coldplay