Marketplace for Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Christmas wishes from Iraq

Contingency Operating Base Speicher is a U.S. Army base in Northern Iraq. Correspondent Jake Warga went there to see what some of the soldiers want for Christmas.

Stalled condo projects dot NYC

New York City's construction boom went bust so fast some of the condominium buildings are standing unfinished. But proposals to turn them into affordable housing units have been a tough sell. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Housing, New York

Divorced couples aren't the half of it

Commentator Betsey Stevenson says that, despite all the bad news this year, something positive is going on -- the U.S. divorce rate is now the lowest it's been in 30 years.

Town rises against prince's bright idea

One of Germany's wealthiest families wants to cash in and build a giant solar park on its land. But residents of a nearby town are saying nicht in my backyard. Kyle James reports.

Weekly Wrap

Megan McArdle of The Atlantic magazine and Mike Mandel, author of the textbook "Economics: The Basics" size up the week in business with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Wall Street

States pitch bonds to foreign buyers

Cash-strapped state and local governments this year have sold more than $60 billion worth of Build America Bonds, subsidized by the U.S. Treasury. To drum up interest in their debt, states are taking their marketing message overseas. Amy Scott reports.

Health bill would offer high-risk pool

Many major provisions in the House and Senate health care reform bills wouldn't take effect for a long time after passage. But one part that would start right away could help unstick the economy -- if it works. Gregory Warner reports.
Posted In: Health

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De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (2003 Stereo Remastered Version)
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Happy Hour
Good Guys
Building Peaks

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