Marketplace for Thursday, December 3, 2009

Episode Description 

Asking for charity for the first time

Sherman Wilburn of Minneapolis has often given his time and money to others in need. Now he finds himself asking for help. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about the difficult times facing him and his family.
Posted In: Charity

Beware of charities' 'donor illusion'

Donors to charities get satisfaction from thinking their money is going to a particular person or project with which they then have a special relationship. But those relationships sometimes aren't so special. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Charity

Too much technology too fast

Douglas Coupland's first novel, "Generation X," got him credit for naming a whole generation. His new novel, "Generation A," comes full circle, taking readers through a world where interpersonal communication is a dying art. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books

Advertising heats up for climate summit

Nobody really expects a binding treaty to come out of the U.N. Climate Change Conference that begins next week in Copenhagen, but that hasn't stopped advertisers from trying to sell the idea of one. Sarah Gardner reports.

How B of A made quick fix from bailout

Bank of America says it's finally able to pay back the $45 billion bailout it got from taxpayers last fall. Seeing as how it wasn't all that long ago that the company was on the ropes, we asked reporter Steve Henn to explain the turnaround.

Ideas but no fixes for creating jobs

As President Obama convened his "jobs summit" with business and labor leaders there was plenty of news about the conundrum he's facing -- a decline in the service sector and retail sales. So Bob Moon asked economic experts how we might jump-start the economy.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Comcast deal will help GE with core biz

Much has been written and said about Comcast's plan to buy a controlling chunk of NBC Universal from General Electric and what it will mean for NBC. But what about the impact on GE? Jeremy Hobson has that story.
Posted In: Entertainment, Mergers and Acquisitions

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Wherever You Go
Built To Spill
Earth Star
The Sea and Cake
You Still Believe In Me
M. Ward

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