Marketplace for Monday, Dec. 17, 2007

Episode Description 

Does cashing out mean selling out?

When social entrepreneurs' mission-oriented businesses get big enough they also attract serious buyers. Steve Tripoli reports on how some business owners have dealt with the dilemma of turning over the mission to someone else.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

'Look at my giant bra!'

Sales of women's clothing are down about 6 percent this holiday season. A report cites boring fashions as one of the factors. But commentator Sandra Tsing Loh says her recent shopping spree was anything but dull.
Posted In: Retail

Safe drinking water gets harder to tap

Water is the subject of a new book called "Blue Planet Run." Kai Ryssdal talked with its author and photographer Rick Smolan about how so much of the water we do have is polluted and unusable.

Drought stirs up dust between states

A meeting of governors for Georgia, Florida and Alabama didn't resolve their fight over ever-shorter water supplies. But they did promise to make peace before they meet again in two months. Nancy Marshall-Genzer reports on how things got so bad.

Should telecoms be let off the hook?

Debate continues in the Senate over rules governing electronic surveillance. The sticking point on the bill at hand is whether telecommunications companies should be immune from lawsuits over their cooperation with the government in warrantless searches. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Crime

Retail chains on stock buy-back spree

With only seven shopping days left until Christmas, sales aren't living up to expectations -- which weren't that high to begin with. Retail management, on the other hand, is on a buying binge. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Retail, Wall Street

Some companies are hungry to grow

There was plenty of applause on Wall Street today for the news that air-conditioner company Trane sold for a cool $10 billion to Ingersoll Rand. Companies flush with cash are stepping in to keep the economy moving. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

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