Marketplace for Thursday, August 23, 2012

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Gallup's latest data shows one in five Americans cannot buy enough food to feed their family. Meanwhile, many young workers are finding that the path they thought would lead to a career -- go to college, work hard, land a job -- may not be for them. Walmart is stocking up on vaccines, continuing its foray into the health care business. United Airlines is slimming down their seat sizes to increase capacity. Reporter Krissy Clark looks at the real effects of minimum wage. And Tess Vigeland talks to DW Gibson about his profiles on people who have lost their jobs and are learning to adapt.

Does the minimum wage hurt the poor?

As Congress debates a bill to raise the federal minimum wage, two economists debate whether setting a wage floor for workers is a good thing.
Posted In: minimum wage

Recovering from job loss

Author DW Gibson on what he learned traveling across the country talking with the unemployed for his new book, "Not Working," and one of the book's subjects, Bridgette Lacy, discusses what it's like to be jobless.
Posted In: unemployed, long-term unemployed, jobless

Young workers seek new paths to jobs

With the youth unemployment rate at double the national average, many young workers are finding that the path they thought would lead to a career -- go to college, work hard, land a job -- may not be for them.
Posted In: workers, youth, Youth Radio

Airlines squeeze seats and knees for more profits

Slimmer seats on some planes may bring bigger profits for airlines like United. But they will likely mean less comfort for passengers.
Posted In: Airlines, air travel

Americans struggle to feed their families

New data from Gallup shows that 25 percent of Mississippi residents have struggled to feed their families at some point over the last 12 months. On average, 18 percent of respondents in the U.S. say they've lacked money for food at least once recently.
Posted In: Food, poverty, Economy, drought

Walmart arms itself with vaccines

The giant discounter will soon begin offering a slew of shots aimed at boosting its health care business.
Posted In: Walmart, vaccine, health care

Super PAC app tells you if political ads are lying

Ever wished for some sort of lie detector for the campaign trail? Enter the Super PAC app.
Posted In: 2012 election, Political ads

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God vs. Money (Instrumental)
Matlock
Rockit
Herbie Hancock

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