Marketplace for Thursday, July 2, 2009

Episode Description 

Small talk: Medi-meals, porn, McClasses

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers George Judson, Rod Abid and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar business stories: A medical-themed restaurant, China's porn-blocking glitch, and corporate-sponsored college classes.

Corruption rampant in oil-rich Kurdistan

Oil companies are cautiously gearing up to tap Kurdistan's massive oil fields. But they could hit some roadblocks from the country's high-level corruption, which is commonplace. Reese Erlich reports
Posted In: Oil

The science of airplane interior design

Airplane designers are finding ways to squeeze in as many seats as possible to sell more tickets. Kai Ryssdal talks to Paul Wylde about the science, and economics, behind airplane design
Posted In: Airlines

Weekly Wrap: What have we learned?

Reuters blogger Felix Salmon and freelance business writer Heidi Moore talk with Kai Ryssdal about the poor job numbers, banks' toxic assets and the state of the economy halfway through 2009.

Was the American Revolution worth it?

Back in 1776, the fight against taxation without representation led to the Revolutionary War and eventually America's independence from Britain. Economist Kevin Hassett wonders if it was worth it in the long run.
Posted In: Investing

GM plans 'toxic' clearance sale

The bankrupt carmaker is cleaning out its garage in an effort to form a new, pared-down company. But bondholders are fighting over which assets will stay and which will get offered to outside buyers. Jeremy Hobson reports

Banks fear counterfeit California IOUs

As California begins issuing IOUs, banks are worried that counterfeit notes may become a big problem. But the state insists fraud protection efforts are in place. Sarah Gardner reports.

Euro countries face similar job crisis

The U.S. isn't the only country reeling from grim unemployment numbers. Workers in the 16 countries that use the euro are also feeling the effects of the global recession. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Jobs

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Same Old Drag
The Apples In Stereo
Punks In The Beerlight
Silver Jews
Warning
Tussle
LIGHT IS IN YOUR EYES [Vinyl]