Marketplace for Thursday, April 9, 2009

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Marketplace for Thursday, April 9, 2009

Food pantry donations get a little fruity

Food pantries are facing a real problem -- demand is at a record high while donations have dwindled. But instead of money, some people are donating the "fruits" of their labor. Caitlan Carroll reports.
Posted In: Charity, Food

A more confident China

Though the Chinese economy has slowed, Beijing has been getting more active and confident on the international economic stage. Reporter Scott Tong talks to Kai Ryssdal about how China is feeling after the G-20 summit.

Mafia making money in the recession

Most businesses are suffering throughout Europe because of the recession. But not the mafia. Megan Williams reports on why the downturn is a great opportunity for organized crime.
Posted In: Crime

Tracing the origin of the pink slip

Where did that pink slip come from? No, not from your boss. Jesse Sheidlower, editor-at-large for the Oxford English Dictionary, speaks to Kai Ryssdal about the term's origins.

Bankers need to get the price right

Mark-to-Market accounting rules have gotten a bit looser, allowing companies more leeway to assign market value to an asset where no market exists. But commentator Paul Kedrosky says banks shouldn't have their own pricing rules.

Bailout funds aimed at regular investors

The Obama administration is encouraging investment companies to create bailout funds aimed at ordinary investors. So what do people think about it? Joel Rose gauges public interest in the plan.

What's next for banks after stress tests

Results from stress tests 19 big banks were subjected to will soon be released. Regulators will meet with President Obama tomorrow to discuss what they should do with the results. John Dimsdale reports.

How Wells Fargo is doing so well

Stocks went soaring after Wells Fargo revealed higher-than-expected profits for the first quarter. But where did they get all that money and how is the rest of the banking sector standing up to the recession? Jeremy Hobson reports.

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King Of New York
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Power Broker
At the Spine
Another Sunny Day
Belle And Sebastian