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Marketplace for Friday June 18, 2010

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Marketplace for Friday June 18, 2010

Small talk: Japan, tanning, computer

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam chats with fellow staffers Ben Adair, Stacey Vanek-Smith and Nihar Patel about under-the-radar business: a city in Japan, a tanning tax, and a super computer

Grappling with a mid-life job crisis

When it comes to the job losses Americans are suffering through, it's been said that this has been very much a "middle-class" recession. That's because it's hit a broad number of industries. And many workers may never catch up to the career level they were before. Mitchell Hartman has the story of one worker who has had to start over.
Posted In: Jobs

Sponsor puts a new spin on bike rally

If you own a motorcycle, you may have heard of Laconia Bike Week. The event is the oldest of the country's "Big Three" motorcycle rallies, and it used to be one of the wildest. But these days, a new corporate sponsor is part of a different scene. Shannon Mullen reports.

Chinese firm first to sponsor World Cup

If you catch a World Cup game on TV, keep your eyes on the billboards circling the field. Rob Schmitz noticed something new in between the Adidas and McDonald's signs: the World Cup's first Chinese sponsor.

Why so many summer sequels?

This summer, movies playing at your local theater may include "Toy Story, 3" "Shrek 4," and "Sex & the City 2." Notice a trend here? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on why the line-up at your theater is looking like one big movie flashback.
Posted In: Entertainment

Weekly Wrap: Obama and big biz

The Big Money's Heidi Moore and Visible Economy's Mike Mandel talk with Bob Moon about why BP CEO Tony Hayward is handing over day-to-day operations of the Gulf oil leak to his company's managing director and whether President Obama will be known for getting tough on big business.
Posted In: Wall Street

Lowering Medicare, but not doctor pay

The Senate has passed a bill that temporarily spares doctors from a 21% cut in Medicare payments. The House will take up the bill next week. So how do you lower Medicare costs without paying doctors less? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Health

What's driving GM car demand?

Demand for GM cars is so high that the company is skipping its annual summer shutdown at its plants. Why is the carmaker doing so well? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Auto

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Knock You Down [feat. Kanye West]
Keri Hilson
Hit The Heartbrakes (Album Version)
Black Kids
Born To Be Wild
Steppenwolf
American Pie
The Ventures