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Marketplace for Friday, October 23, 2009

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Small Talk: A break from the headlines

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano check in with members of the Marketplace staff on the news that didn't quite make it on the radio this past week.

NBC's Leno test is getting low scores

"The Jay Leno Show" has been an experiment by struggling TV network NBC to see whether inexpensively produced shows could woo primetime audiences. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports the results.
Posted In: Entertainment

Why "350" is key to global warming

Environmentalist Bill McKibben, one of the first authors to write extensively about climate change, talks with Kai Ryssdal about Saturday's International Day of Climate Action and why "350" is the magic number for global warming.

Should Detroit go to Hyundai school?

Hyundai has become one of the biggest automakers in the world. It now sells more cars in the U.S. than Chrysler. Alisa Roth reports on what the Detroit Three might learn from their South Korean competitor.

Weekly Wrap: Rolling down the fiscal cliff

Leigh Gallagher of Fortune Magazine and Mike Mandel of Businessweek join Kai Ryssdal in discussing the cutting of executive's compensation at bailed-out companies and other business news of the week.

Should home-buyer tax credit go on?

Sales of existing homes jumped 9.4% last month, fueling debate over whether the first-time home-buyer tax credit should be extended beyond its Nov. 30 cutoff. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Housing

Profits are down, but tech stocks are up

Even though profits are down for Microsoft and other tech companies, their performances have been called "better than expected" and their stock prices are climbing again. Why? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Internet, Wall Street

Making Fed the enforcer is uphill battle

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is calling on Congress to approve new regulations that would prevent another financial crisis. And he wants the Fed to be appointed the enforcer. But that idea probably won't fly with lawmakers. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Crime