Marketplace for Monday, September 10, 2012

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Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years, and it could cost the city $25 million. The United States Treasury is thinking about selling $18 billion worth of its AIG stock. A group from Mexico has traveled to Washington D.C. to plead with elected officials to change the way the U.S. conducts the war on drugs. Kai Ryssdal talks to author Scott Reynolds Nelson about his new book "A Nation of Deadbeats" and about how historically Americans aren't very good at paying their debt. And we look at why this past weekend's movie box office was the worst in nearly a decade.

Mexican activists call for change in U.S. gun industry

Relatives of victims murdered in Mexico travel the U.S. to persuade gun dealers to stop selling assault weapons.
Posted In: Mexico, guns, cartels

Americans are 'deadbeats' about paying off debts

Scott Reynolds Nelson argues in his new book, "A Nation of Deadbeats," that Americans' deadbeat nature has been the cause of many of the country's economic crisis.
Posted In: debt

As Chicago teachers strike, parents have to make new plans

350,000 kids have an unexpected day off today. So what are parents doing with their kids?
Posted In: Chicago, teachers, strike

What's up, Europe? ECB plan gives hope, worries Spain

Markets have been a brighter in the past week after the European Central Bank announced a plan to keep Spain, Italy and other troubled economies afloat. But the possibility of even more austerity on top of sky-high unemployment has the Spanish worried.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis, Whats up Europe

Why the box office went bust last weekend

Movies had their poorest showing since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Posted In: film

U.S. selling AIG stake, but still holds many others

The U.S. government will continue to hold major stakes in the housing and financial worlds even though it is set to sell most of its remaining investment in AIG.
Posted In: AIG, bailout

PAC tries to tap African-American Greek network

A new political action committee is trying to bring alumni of the nine oldest black fraternities and sororities -- known as the Divine Nine -- into the fundraising game.
Posted In: fundraising, African American

Apple's iPhone 5 sales could boost U.S. GDP

It's said the new gadget, expected to be released on Wednesday, could add between a quarter and a half a percentage point to fourth-quarter GDP.
Posted In: apple, iphone 5, GDP

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What's Crazy (Instrumental)
Oddisee
Vase
Miike Snow
I Need A Dollar
Aloe Blacc
Pyramids [Explicit]
Frank Ocean