Marketplace for Friday, July 17, 2009

Episode Description 

Small talk: Wintour, sun, TSA ripoffs

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers Deb Clark, Stacey Vanek-Smith and Jeremy Hobson about under-the-radar business stories: Anna Wintour's 'shop more' campaign, sunshine insurance and TSA security guards/thieves.

Argentina policies blamed for shortages

Argentina is known as the breadbasket of South America, due to its ideal climate and rich soil. Yet, the nation may soon begin importing beef and wheat for the first time. A severe drought is part of the problem. But farmers say government policies are another. Ian Mount reports.

Inherent bias must be acknowledged

Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor insists her "wise Latina" comment does not mean she will be biased on the bench. Commentator Betsey Stevenson says biased decision-making is inevitable, but can be overridden if its existence is acknowledged.

Miami budget cuts a 'wake up call'

States with double-digit unemployment numbers are finding that cuts to local government are inevitable. Miami-Dade county has reached 10.6%, and every county employee is getting at least a pay cut, if not worse. Dan Grech reports.

Weekly Wrap: Don't forget the past

Kai Ryssdal talks to freelance business writer Heidi Moore and John Carney of Clusterstock.com about the reaction to Goldman Sach's gross earnings. They insist the financial crisis is far from over.

Builder explains spike in housing starts

Millions of homes are standing vacant in the United States. And yet, housing starts are up this month, seemingly defying the laws of supply and demand. Kai Ryssdal talks to home builder Dean Mon to see why housing construction is up.
Posted In: Housing

U.S. seeks emissions data from China

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said consumers should pay for the carbon content of the goods they consume, even from other countries like China. One option is imposing trade tariffs, but that proposal has the potential to set off a trade war. Sam Eaton reports.

Health care lobbyists jockey for position

President Obama wants a plan for health care reform before Congress goes on recess. There is a lot of talk about how the changes will help patients and doctors, but lobbyists are controlling the discussion thus far. Steven Henn reports.
Posted In: Health

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