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Marketplace for Monday, July 13, 2009

Episode Description 

Taking Stock: Rethinking consumerism

The recession seems to have put brakes on over-consumption, at least for now. But how can the economy grow if people don't spend money? Kai Ryssdal talks with Gus Speth, Yale's dean of environmental studies, about how to change our consumer society.

Upside: Infomercials tuned in to profits

Infomercial producer John Barnes explains how and why his business is doing well despite the recession.

Wal-Mart brings its 'Best Price' to India

The American superstore just opened its doors in Northern India, under the name 'Best Price Modern Wholesale.' Its arrival signals the retail giant's effort to cash in on one of the world's fastest-emerging consumer markets. Raymond Thibodeaux reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs, Retail

Wall Street's new toxic asset blend

Banks continue to bundle loans and sell them off as they work to figure out their toxic asset situation. Kai Ryssdal talks with Bob Moon about how Wall Street is up to its old tricks with a new concoction.

Study: Faith rising in banks, markets

The Financial Trust Index says Americans' faith in banks, bankers and the stock market is starting to come back. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Wal-Mart's health care stance draws ire

The National Retail Federation is pushing back against Wal-Mart's support of a plan to make employers pay for health insurance. Is the mega-retailer big enough to tip the balance on the health care debate? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Health, Jobs

CIT failure would harm small business

You may not have heard of CIT, but hundreds of thousands of businesses rely on the bank to provide crucial lending. What would happen if the bank bites the dust? Steve Henn reports.

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Desperate But Not Serious
Adam Ant
Silvery Sleds
Army Navy
A Little Girl Lost
David Axelrod