Marketplace for Monday, April 20, 2009

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Monday, April 20, 2009

A working man's poet

Poet Philip Levine used to work the line at GM, which may have inspired his poetry about the blue-collar masses. Kai Ryssdal speaks with the Pulitzer Prize winner about how his experiences shaped his poetic works.

Paying a high price for a Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prizes for journalism are typically awarded for in-depth, investigative stories that cost a lot to produce. With newspapers struggling to survive, is the price to win too high? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Farmers yield new ideas from drought

Cheap and consistent water turned California's Central Valley from an arid region into a productive farming community. But a serious drought is forcing farmers to evolve. Jennifer Collins reports.

Why carmakers are speeding to China

Despite its struggles, General Motors is planning to increase its sales in China. Scott Tong reports from the Shanghai International Auto Show on why GM and other automakers are zooming to the Chinese market.
Posted In: Auto

Commercial radio seeks your donations

As commercial radio stations watch their ad revenues decline, they're taking a page out of the public radio playbook and asking listeners for donations. Janet Babin reports.

Will budget cuts make a difference?

President Obama is ordering members of his cabinet to trim $100 million from the federal budget over the next 90 days. Will the cuts really make a difference? Jill Barshay reports.

Diagnosing major banks' health

Several major banks have announced big profits, but how are they really doing? Kai Ryssdal talks with Washington Bureau Chief John Dimsdale about their balance sheets and the changes the Treasury Department might make to bailout terms.

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Pump It Up
Elvis Costello
Race For The Prize
The Flaming Lips