Marketplace for Monday, Jan. 7, 2008

Episode Description 

Bush acknowledges economic 'anxiety'

President Bush said in a speech today Americans are becoming anxious over economic indicators that are "increasingly mixed." Nancy Marshall Genzer talks with Kai Ryssdal about the president's more sober tone and the proposed credit bailouts percolating on Capitol Hill.
Posted In: Economy

Cars, electronics making sweet music

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, there's a special emphasis this year on cars and all the fun electronics being built for the road. But Marketplace's Bob Moon found out that plenty of electronic gadgets-on-wheels are already here.
Posted In: Retail, Science

Should colleges sell an athlete's image?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has strict rules banning a school from profiting off a student-athlete's name or image. But those rules could change under a proposal currently being discussed by the organization. Ethan Lindsey reports.

What, exactly, is the middle class?

In recent weeks, presidential candidates have shifted their emphasis toward traditional middle-class issues such as health care and the economy. Kai Ryssdal talks with Jim Kessler, founder of the think tank Third Way, about who makes up the middle class today.
Posted In: Economy

Rush-hour pricing? Let's just do it

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed charging motorists a fee to drive in Manhattan's central business district at peak hours. Commentator Tyler Cowen says such "congestion pricing" on the roads could solve a lot of other problems, too.

A new wave of after-Christmas sales

Rather than returning their unwanted Christmas gifts to stores, more Americans are heading to the Internet to sell them. Experts say today could be the biggest day of the year for online reselling. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retail

Lenders get tougher with businesses

Many companies took out big loans before the economic downturn and are running into trouble on their payments. Now, as they're crawling back to their lenders asking for help, the lenders are playing tough. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy

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