Marketplace for Friday, December 9, 2010

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Marketplace for Friday, December 9, 2010

To give or not to give: It's all about the brain

As we continue our week on philanthropy, commentator and author Jonah Lehrer takes a look at how we decide to give to others. He finds it has a lot to do with emotional response, and what our brains can handle.
Posted In: Charity, Health

How the tax cuts will help create jobs

President Obama has insisted that the compromise he made extending Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits will be good for the economy. But if it's just extending the situation we've had for the past 10 years, how could that be? John Dimsdale explains.
Posted In: Jobs

Large health insurers banding together to gain influence

The nation's largest health care insurers played a big role in the shaping of the health care reform. Now they may be banding together -- against smaller companies -- to influence how the laws are implemented.
Posted In: Health

How good the 'Giving Pledges' really may be

A few of the super rich around the world are pledging to contribute a majority of their wealth to charities and nonprofits. But most of that wealth is in investments -- so how good are these pledges?
Posted In: Charity

NYC private hospitals to get big bill for ambulances

In the latest effort to get local government spending down, New York City wants private hospitals to pay up to $1 million a year to have their ambulances respond to 911 calls. Stacey Vanek Smith reports on how this will affect residents.
Posted In: Health

Chinese tech IPOs are hot, but risky, investments

Two Chinese Internet companies debuted as IPOs on Wall Street, one which have yet to turn a profit. Marketplace's Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

How philanthropic is 'prize philanthropy'?

Giving and volunteering leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling, but for companies that do the same, it may give them a whole lot of free publicity.
Posted In: Charity

Mayan farmers struggle to grow corn

Within a few decades, corn crops in Tabi, Mexico went from abundant to sparse. Indigenous farmers there feel real change in the climate and want governments to help them cope.
Posted In: Agriculture, Environment

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3 Plus 4
El Ten Eleven
Cold Cave
Rusted Root
Giving Up The Ghost [Explicit]
DJ Shadow

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