Marketplace for Monday, February 13, 2012

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The Greek parliament has approved a new austerity plan. What would happen if the U.S. economy adopted the Greek austerity measures? Today, a share of Apple went up to over $500 -- but it's still actually pretty cheap. General Electric plans to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans over the next five years. Kai Ryssdal talks to renowned sociologist Eric Klinenberg about biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom, and to writer Abe Sauer about the product placements economy.

General Electric adding jobs for military veterans

General Electric plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years. But vets are still challenged to find jobs in today's workforce.
Posted In: Unemployment, military

Nevadans scrutinize $25 billion foreclosure settlement

Banks will pay out billions over questionable foreclosure practices, like robo-signing. Will homeowners in hard-hit Nevada feel relief?
Posted In: mortgage settlement, Housing, foreclosures

Greek austerity deal stirs anger and protests

The Greek parliament’s approval of a sweeping austerity package causes demonstrations as Greeks complain of being humiliated by their creditors.
Posted In: Greece, greek bailout, Greek debt

The surprising appeal of solo living

The idea of living alone often conveys loneliness and isolation. But with more and more Americans living alone, author Eric Klinenberg argues that solo living is both enjoyable and economically beneficial.
Posted In: living alone, Millennial Generation

Greece adopts drastic austerity measures

Overnight, the Greek parliament imposed drastic cuts that will layoff some 150,000 government workers, raise the retirement age and lower the minimum wage by 20 percent. What would the same cutbacks feel like here in the U.S.?
Posted In: Greece, austerity, budget cuts

Product placement gets the red carpet treatment

The website Brandchannel's annual Product Placement Awards highlight brand cameos in the year's top films. And as Brandchannel's Abe Sauer says, the purpose of product placement isn't only about the cash.
Posted In: product placement, marketing, advertising

Saving money on making money

In his new budget released today, President Obama said he wants Congress to let the Treasury Department use cheaper materials to mint our coins.
Posted In: federal budget, penny, currency

Apple breaks through $500 a share

Apple’s big rally in the past six months has vaulted it into a small club of $500 stocks. Some analysts say it’s still cheap. Does price matter?
Posted In: apple

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The Ballad Of Speck And Pebble
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