Marketplace for Thursday, December 11, 2008

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Thursday, December 11, 2008

Seeing some bright spots in real estate

Brett White, CEO of commercial real estate firm CB Richard Ellis, tells Kai Ryssdal that while there's no question things are bad in commercial real estate, they're not all that bad.

Boys & Girls Club hit hard by economy

Nonprofits are struggling to stay afloat in these tough times. Kai Ryssdal visits the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club to see how the organization is coping with the economic downturn.
Posted In: Charity, Economy

Use capitalism to do good works

Does an organization dedicated to serving society have to be a nonprofit? Commentator Dan Pallotta says charities could likely do more by using the tools of capitalism.
Posted In: Charity

Why bubbles are so hard to see

The current financial crisis should teach Wall Street a few lessons. But Wall Street insider Henry Blodget tells Kai Ryssdal why the meltdown has happened and why it could happen again.

Got a pink slip? It's time to party

For laid-off Wall Street workers, attending a Pink Slip Party is both an opportunity to mingle with other job seekers and a chance to maybe land a new job. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Bailout for Big 3 hits Senate jam

Senate Republicans put the auto industry bailout plan on hold, so where do the Big Three go from here? Alisa Roth reports on the different paths the automakers can travel.
Posted In: Auto

Gas prices low while oil imports high

The U.S. trade gap widened in October because of a record rise in the amount of oil imports. What does that mean for gas prices? Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Economy, Oil

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Learning to Crawl
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Innervisions
Bonus Track: Viva La Vida (Instrumental)
Rock Star 101