Marketplace for Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Kai Ryssdal talks to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to talk about how his department will help farmers affected by the drought. College costs are rising and now a new report shows that even upper-middle-class students are being hit hard. When a JCPenney shut its doors in San Fernando, Calif., recently, residents took to the streets. Bloomingdale's is testing out a new virtual fitting room using the technology found in Xbox consoles. China correspondent Rob Schmitz reports on a pet project of Bo Xilai, a Chinese politician who's now wrapped in scandal. And we kick off our new series on fun in the workplace.

Dam shows flaws in China's economic model

Fallen politician Bo Xilai championed the Xiaonanhai Dam but it threatens an ancient fish species. Critics say it's being built just to aid regional growth.
Posted In: China, Bo Xilai

Who gets to have work?

If fun means fulfilling, education definitely helps.
Posted In: class, Education, employment, Richard Florida, Fun At Work

U.S. ag secretary on the drought's effect on food prices

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses what the drought will mean for farmers and food prices, and the administration's plans to try and help.
Posted In: drought, food prices, Agriculture

Using technology to find the perfect pair of jeans

The key to finding the perfect fit? Matching your shape to the right pair of jeans. A Bloomingdale's in California thinks it has the high-tech solution.
Posted In: Bloomingdale's, fashion, jeans, xbox

Affluent families take on more college debt

More upper-middle-class families are borrowing for college so their children can attend high-tuition prestige schools.
Posted In: college, student loan debt, middle class

Closed JCPenney is an unlikely symbol of civic pride

It's a familiar story -- a small town rallies to protest a national retail outlet. This isn't that story.
Posted In: JC Penney

The benefits of death for Google employees

The tech company offers a pretty decent death benefits package for its employees.
Posted In: Google

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Sackcloth Fashion
Funky 24hrs a Day (Instrumental)
Hear My Dear
Whistle While You Work
Larry Morey and Frank Churchill

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