Marketplace PM for November 1, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal digs through the Marketplace mailbag to share some recent comments from our listeners.
Universal Tube is an industrial products company based in Ohio. They have a nice website. Just one problem, though: Their homepage is utube.com. U-T-U-B-E. Not far enough removed from that other site you might have heard of . . .
The country's second largest drugstore chain says it's buying a leading pharmacy benefit manager for just under $21 billion. Analysts say the move gives it more power to compete with Wal-Mart. Amy Scott reports.
A memo leaked from ABC News radio suggests that nearly 100 top advertisers don't want to be associated with left-leaning Air America. Alisa Roth asks, is that good business?
Big tobacco is spending serious cash this year to fight smoking bans and cigarette taxes on ballots around the country. Mhari Saito reports from Cleveland where she found smokers welcoming the defense.
With less than a week left until Election Day, commentators David Frum and Robert Reich wrap up a series of Real Agenda debates. This time: Education — it's on the ballot in a dozen states.