Marketplace for Friday, May 23, 2008

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Device lets you try your hand at music

A new musical invention for the masses called Beamz is following the popularity of the video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Sharper Image has just released the new laser music maker. Kai Ryssdal tries it out with G4's Kevin Pereira.
Posted In: Entertainment

Economics can explain us odd humans

When a curious Gen Y-er can do almost anything he wants, why would he subject himself to a whole lot of number crunching and cost-benefit analyses? Commentator and economics grad student Ben Bushong says these days economics is a lot more than that.

Brown's support falls with economy

During his 10 years as Britain's finance chief, Gordon Brown could do almost no wrong. Now, as prime minister, his reputation for economic competence is in tatters. And even some of his supporters are calling for his head. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Economy

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Seeing crisis as opportunity

Nonprofit aid organizations and governments usually take the lead in providing assistance in times of crisis, but these days they're increasingly being helped by businesses, big and small. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

McDonald's specialty coffees start cool

When Mickey D's announced it was introducing specialty coffees, observers forecast it would suck up a good portion of the market. But the fast-food chain's coffee sales haven't gotten the caffeinated jolt many expected. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Retail

FDA plans look inside medical records

To sniff out possible safety problems with drugs and medical devices, the Food and Drug Administration is going to start mining millions of medical records. Not yours, but maybe the ones your hospital has. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Health

Cashing in on the mortgage mess

The subprime crisis has sent banks and brokers fleeing from mortgage-debt investment that, for many, has turned into huge losses. Now a highly-respected bond manager is betting he'll be able to cash in -- with the government's help. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Housing, Investing, Wall Street

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