Retail sales for October hit their weakest levels in more than three decades, with luxury stores taking the biggest hit. Marketplace's Sam Eaton reports that there's a psychological shift underway that may reshape the retail landscape.
The volatility in the market in the last few months can't all be blamed on what's happening to the economy. Also to blame: margin calls. As part of our "Marketplace Decoder" series, Bill Radke explains what those are.
Bashing lobbyists on the campaign trail invariably got the crowd roaring for Barack Obama. That puts him in a post-election quandary, though. Some of the best resumes he's getting are from lobbyists. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Chief executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are on Capitol Hill desperately seeking federal loans. What would happen if lawmakers said no? Jeff Tyler reports on the issues facing the companies as they fight for their lives.
What if computers became smarter than us? Yes, we know, you already saw that movie. But what if? Kai Ryssdal poses the question to Richard Dooling, author of "Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ"