Marketplace for March 4, 2011

Episode Description 
Marketplace for March 4, 2011

How Islamic law has affected Middle East economics

Duke University professor of economics and Islamic studies Timur Kuran talks about how Islamic law has held back business development in the Middle East.

Hiring drops jobless rate below 9%

Slow growth in employment is still a concern.

Weekly Wrap: Jobs, government shutdown

Kai Ryssdal talks to Cardiff Garcia from the Financial Times and Felix Salmon from Reuters about the jobs numbers out today, and the possibility of a government shutdown.
Posted In: Wall Street

Obama urged to open U.S. oil reserve

With oil prices at just about $103 a barrel, some members of Congress are asking President Obama to open the nation's strategic oil reserve in an effort to bring down the cost of gasoline.
Posted In: Oil

The pork industry adopts a new ad slogan

After 25 years, the National Pork Board is changing its advertising tune. Out goes "The Other White Meat." In comes "Pork: Be Inspired."

The money trail in Haiti

Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude Duvalier returned to Haiti in January after living in exile for 25 years. Why did he return?

Saudi exiles in London predict change

Saudi Arabia has not seen the sort of mass protests taking place in Yemen or Bahrain but Saudi exiles in London say change is inevitable.

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Cry Baby
Nikka Costa
I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow
Faithful (Instrumental)
Anwarrior