Marketplace PM for June 21, 2006

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The gender gap in venture capital

Women lead — or own — about 30 percent of all US companies, but a recent study found they get less than 10 percent of all venture capital. Does the VC gap matter? Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Phone bills may be going up

Internet phone calls have been cheaper than regular landline calls until now. But those bills may rise after the FCC approved a new plan today to fund phone subsidies. Lisa Napoli has more.
Posted In: Science

Congressional hearings on data brokers

Lawmakers promised to quash private data brokers who covertly gatherAmericans' telephone records without subpoenas or warrants. John Dimsdale reports it's an issue most politicians agree upon.
Posted In: Washington

Workers kidnapped in Iraq

Today 85 workers in Iraq were reportedly kidnapped as they left their jobs at an industrial plant north of Baghdad. Are workers being targeted now? We ask Borzou Daragahi of the Los Angeles Times.

Stagflation fears unfounded?

Want to know what's been spooking the market lately? Two very similar words: inflation and stagflation. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with economist David Wyss about the terms.
Posted In: Economy

America's gone off the deep end

What's happened to the high dive? Commentator and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Stephen Moore says our increasingly lawsuit-driven, safety-regulated culture is drowning out all the fun.

US beef allowed back in Japan

Japan agreed to resume imports of US beef after months of blocking shipments due to Mad Cow concerns. But the ban's been lifted before, which might explain why American beef producers aren't celebrating just yet. Amy Scott reports.

Is trade with China stifling Africa's economy?

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is in South Africa this week. China has been boosting its trade ties with Africa, but some are worried cheap Chinese imports might sink the local economy. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

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