Marketplace for Monday, February 25, 2008

Episode Description 

Sarkozy strives for French BBC

French President Nicolas Sarkozy may kick advertisers out of French public television as part of his plan to create programming similar to that of the BBC. But broadcasters say they could lose revenue and audience share. John Laurenson reports.

Bigger isn't always better for business

Commentator Charles Handy says American businesses' desire to keep getting bigger leads to bureaucracy over humanity. Instead, he says, companies should strive to do more with less. (One in a series.)
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

FEMA trailers raise formaldehyde fears

More than 300 FEMA trailer residents have requested formaldehyde testing after experiencing respitory problems. FEMA claims the trailers were built according to Federal standards, but many believe those standards are not tough enough. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Housing

Some see CFLs in a bad light

A U.S. energy bill will be phasing out incandescent bulbs in favor of alternatives like compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs. But not everyone thinks the new bulbs are ready to be given the green light. Joellen Easton reports.

High prices eat into food relief efforts

As food prices continue to rise, humanitarian food relief groups including the World Food Programme are feeling the squeeze. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Bob Bell from the relief group CARE on what his group is doing to combat high costs.
Posted In: Economy

Europeans take on tax shelter

Bank secrecy laws have helped make the European principality of Liechtenstein a tax haven. Now a secret list of account holders at a Lichtenstein bank has been sold to authorities in Germany and Britain. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Taxes, Travel

Union wants to invest in infrastructure

Many private equity groups look to invest in infrastructure. But the Service Employees International Union wants state pension funds to invest in public projects to stop the private companies from taking over. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs, Travel

Visa's IPO not feeling the crunch

Despite the credit crunch, credit card giant Visa filed the largest initial public offering in history. Jill Barshay reports why the company isn't affected by whether or not you pay your bill.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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