Marketplace for Friday, November 29, 2013

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Marketplace’s Sabri Ben-Achour braves the holiday shopping crowds to find out how opening on Thanksgiving Day affected this year’s sales figures. Plus, a look at how U.S. taxpayers are close to getting back all the money they put into the housing giants. Marketplace host Lizzie O’Leary talks with Bloomberg Government’s Nela Richardson and Cardiff Garcia from FT Alphaville for a wrap-up of the week’s business news. And, a lot of fans are calling for USC’s interim head football coach to take the top job permanently, especially after their upset of Stanford a few weeks ago. But as Marketplace’s Mark Garrison reports, that may not necessarily be the case.

Holiday book picks

Marketplace Money host Carmen Wong Ulrich shares some of her book picks for holiday gifts.
Posted In: book picks, gifts, book reviews

Big money at stake in one USC football game

Will the University of Southern California's quest to hire a star coach for its football team be cut short by a victory in Saturday's game?
Posted In: college, Sports, athletics, college sports, business of sports

Need an extra basketball timeout? That'll be $50,000

Our Final Note today comes from the world of basketball and loopholes.
Posted In: Sports

Ukraine decides between east and west

As Ukraine ponders its economic future, both the EU and Russia are courting its economic power.
Posted In: ukraine, EU, free trade

A game plan to brave holiday shopping

Marketplace’s Sabri Ben-Achour braves the holiday shopping crowds to find out how opening on Thanksgiving Day affected this year’s sales figures.
Posted In: shopping, Black Friday, guides, Retail

Australia to Archer Daniels Midland: No

The Australian government blocks the American food-processing giant from acquiring Australia's biggest grain distributor
Posted In: Australia, Agriculture, farming, Food

Weekly Wrap: As goes housing, goes the economy? + #longreads

Cardiff Garcia from FT Alphaville and Bloomberg's Nela Richardson join Lizzie O'Leary to look back at the week's business news and forward at where the economy is going.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Housing, real estate, treasury, Jobs, employment, Unemployment

Breaking even on Fannie and Freddie bailouts

Congress and the White House are weighing what is next for the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Posted In: bailout, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, real estate, Housing

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It Gets Dark
Holy Ghost!
Lost [Explicit]
Frank Ocean
It Paid Off In the End (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
The High Road (Album Version)
Broken Bells
Hot Cakes
El Ten Eleven