Marketplace for May 3, 2011

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Marketplace for May 3, 2011

Levee breach spares town but douses harvest hopes for many farmers

The Army Corps of Engineers' move to blow up an agricultural levee saves Cairo, Ill., from flooding, but inundates prime growing land in Missouri, costing farmers hundreds of millions in losses.
Posted In: Agriculture

Geithner extends debt ceiling deadline

The Treasury Secretary can postpone the day of reckoning until August 2. Congress created the debt ceiling, but that ceiling has little to do with bigger issues like spending and taxation.

Fewer American homes own TV sets

TV ownership in the U.S. has fallen for the first time in 20 years due to poverty and the Internet. The young and restless watch TV online.
Posted In: Entertainment

Swiss freeze $1 billion in dictators' assets

Swiss banks say they have frozen almost $1 billion in assets from the former leaders of Egypt and Tunisia, as well as Colonel Gaddafi.

Freakonomics: Is handing down a business good for business?

Family-firm succession is alive and well. But is it good for profits? Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner takes a look at why it happens -- and why it doesn't happen so much in the U.S.
Posted In: Jobs

The problem with cheap food

Soaring food prices have caused worldwide protests. But making food less expensive isn't the only solution.

Following the terrorism money trail

Osama bin Laden's death is expected to have an impact on terror financing. Matthew Levitt of The Washington Institute discusses how counterterrorism officials follow that money trail.

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Bonus Track: Viva La Vida (Instrumental)
Rock Star 101
Tight Eyes (Instrumental)
Nicolay & Kay
My Only Swerving
El Ten Eleven
Pockets
Four Tet
We Are Family
Sister Sledge