Marketplace for Friday, June 5, 2009

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Friday, June 5, 2009

Small talk: Pesticides, robots, Japanese

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers George Judson, Amy Scott and Stacey Vanek-Smith about their favorite under-the-radar business stories this week: Pesticide industry protesting, robotic farmers, and bureaucratic training in Japan.

Turning the recession into fiction

John Steinbeck took Great Depression hardships and turned them into 'The Grapes of Wrath,' an American masterpiece. Now some novelists are at work on books that involve our own economic woes. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Are states fixing jobless programs?

State jobless programs are billions of dollars in debt, which could spell disaster for unemployment benefits. Mitchell Hartman talks with Tess Vigeland about whether states can turn their programs around.
Posted In: Jobs

Weekly Wrap: Recovery roadblocks

The Atlantic's Megan McArdle and Reuters blogger Felix Salmon talk with Tess Vigeland about what may hamper our economic recovery, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's trip to China, and provide a reality check on the economy.

Competition doesn't always cut it

Competition is considered healthy, but it doesn't always produce the best result. Commentator K.C. Cole says another strategy may help you finish first.

Housing numbers don't tell whole story

Many of our current economic woes can be blamed on the housing market. And it turns out the worst may not be over in the housing sector. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Housing

GM to help firm buy Delphi with capital

General Motors will help a private-equity firm buyout bankrupt auto-parts company Delphi with some of the $30 billion it will receive from the government. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Auto

Mixed signals on jobless numbers

Unemployment hit its highest rate since 1983, though the pace of layoffs let up in May. So have we turned a corner in this recession? Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Jobs

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I Caught Myself (Twilight Soundtrack Version)
Paramore
Ripped Off
The Low Budgets
Fiction Reprise
Belle And Sebastian