Marketplace for Thursday, January 20, 2011

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Thursday, January 20, 2011

The mafia's effect on the economy

Kai Ryssdal talks with Greg Smith, reporter at the New York Daily News, about the recession's effect on mob activities in light of the FBI's largest mob bust in history.
Posted In: Crime

Music album sales at historic low

Last week, Taylor Swift had the worst-selling number one album in the last 30 years. Now alternative band Cake tops the charts with just 44,000 copies sold.
Posted In: Entertainment, Music, Retail

Upstart agency touts credible credit ratings

Building on his corporate-detective work, Jules Kroll launches a bond-rating agency to challenge big credit firms shamed by the mortgage bust.
Posted In: Investing

Wal-Mart gets healthy

The nation's biggest retailer unveils a five-year plan to put healthier packaged foods and more fresh produce on its shelves. That could mean big changes for growers, food manufacturers and consumers.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Playing video games can change the world

Author Jane McGonigal from the Institute For The Future talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book, "Reality Is Broken," and the specific skills gamers develop that they can use to help solve real-world problems.
Posted In: Books

Health insurance for India's farmers

Some Indian farmers pay pennies for insurance that'll cover any surgery they have. Reporter Kavitha Cardoza takes a look at how this system works.
Posted In: Health

Going home for Chinese New Year

China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz chronicles the journey thousands of Chinese citizens take to return home for the Chinese New Year.
Posted In: China

Music from this show

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Sick Of You
Cake
Disco China
Goblin
Romance To The Grave
Broken Social Scene