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Marketplace for Monday, October 7, 2013

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The lack of progress on negotiations over the government shutdown has some folks worried about the likelihood that the U.S. would be unable to pay the bills because of the debt ceiling. In order to avoid that, many are talking about "prioritization," the idea that the government can pick-and-choose who it will pay. And yet, it's not that easy: Take a look at a day’s worth of payments to see how complicated it would be. Also, this week, Nielsen starts measuring conversations on Twitter, about different TV shows. And this past weekend, President Obama joined the list of public figures who say the Washington Redskins should consider changing their name.

Adapting microfinance to the 21st century

The father of microfinance, economist Muhammad Yunus, discusses the future of the microlending industry.
Posted In: microfinance, microlending, microcredit, Economics

London's divided Syrians in war of words

London’s small Syrian community is divided over whether President Bashar al-Assad should stay or go. Pro- and anti-Assad activists sacrifice much to achieve their goals.
Posted In: London, syria

The cost of retiring a Native American mascot

President Obama joined the list of public figures who say the Washington Redskins should consider changing their name. But what's the value of the Redskins brand?
Posted In: Sports, NFL, football, mascot, Redskins

Could U.S. just skip some payments to avoid debt ceiling?

Many are talking about "prioritization," the idea that the government can pick-and-choose who it will pay. But when you take a look at how many payments the government processes each day -- and how -- you see it is far from easy.
Posted In: prioritization

Manufacturing work in the shutdown: 'Like being held hostage'

A look at how the manufacturing industry is being affected by the gridlock in Washington.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, manufacturing

A housing-first solution to chronic homelessness in Nashville

Nashville's homeless get housing from private landlords in a new experimental program.
Posted In: homelessness, homeless, Nashville

Can chatter on Twitter boost TV ratings?

Nielsen starts measuring conversations about TV shows on the social networking site.
Posted In: Twitter, nielsen, Facebook, engagement

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Fast As You Can (Album Version)
Fiona Apple
Superstition (Live/1995)
Stevie Wonder
So Begins Our Alabee
Of Montreal
Europe Endless (2009 Remastered Version)
Kraftwerk