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Marketplace for Monday, Nov. 19, 2007

Episode Description 

Are you feeling lucky? Google is

A lot has changed for Google since it began searching in 1998. But on its crisp, white homepage one little button has managed to stick around all these years. Brendan Newnam decided to find out why.

Chinese get more flexible about plastic

China has ordered its banks to take money out of circulation as a way to cool the country's red-hot economy just a little bit. But Chinese consumers aren't necessarily playing along. Correspondent Scott Tong says they've discovered the joys of credit cards.
Posted In: Economy, Savings

Food riots roil India's West Bengal state

Riots have broken out over the last month in India's state of West Bengal, with poor village folk complaining they've gone hungry as their government-supplied food rations have been sold on the open market. Sunita Thakur reports.

What about the teachers?

Strikes have forced TV sitcoms and late-night talk shows to air reruns and Broadway shows to go dark. But commentator and striking writer Sandra Tsing Loh says consider the teachers.
Posted In: Education, Jobs

How do they analyze holiday sales?

Most analyst estimates for this year's holiday retail sales are for about a 4% increase over last year. But how do they know? Marshall Cohen, the chief analyst at the market research firm NPD Group, explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Food banks: Less supply, more demand

Food banks across the country say they're struggling with a lack of donations and more hungry people to feed. Alisa Roth explains why.
Posted In: Charity

Commercial property feels credit crunch

New evidence out today shows that losses from subprime mortgages have spread to the commercial real estate sector. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Iran waves goodbye to dollar

Iran announced today it will no longer use the lowly dollar to price its oil. Should Americans be worried about a global abandonment of their currency? John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

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Guitar Miniature
North Sea Radio Orchestra
Life in a Bubble Can Be Beautiful
Ninja Cuts Vol. 3: funkungfusion
A Declared State of Belligerence
Little Kingdom