Marketplace for Thursday, June 19, 2008

Episode Description 

A latte art in a cup

Baristas around the world are putting extra designs into the foam atop their lattes and cappuccinos to differentiate their shops from the coffee-house chains. Stuart Cohen visited a competition where designs in coffee and steamed milk were served up by the cup.
Posted In: Retail

Big Oil plans its return to Iraq

Iraq's oil ministry has announced plans for the first major deals with Western oil companies since the 2003 invasion. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Telecom immunity in new FISA bill

A revamped FISA law could shield them from liability could shield U.S. phone companies from lawsuits they face for participating in a warrantless wiretapping program. Host Bob Moon talks with New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau about the bill's chances of passing.
Posted In: Crime

A look back at the NBA season

The rekindling of the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry was supposed to save the NBA's sagging television ratings. Host Bob Moon asks ESPN's Henry Abbott if the series turned out to be a slam dunk for the league.
Posted In: Sports

Small businesses turn to credit cards

As banks tighten requirements for loans, many small business owners are relying on credit cards for capital, prompting card providers to offer up special business accounts. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Obama says no to public financing

Senator Barack Obama has opted against receiving federal public financing for the general election, allowing him the freedom to spend whatever he can raise and prompting some controversy. Steve Henn reports.

FBI cracks down on mortgage industry

The Justice Department has announced indictments of hundreds of industry insiders they say defrauded borrowers. John Dimsdale has more.
Posted In: Crime, Housing

Bear Stearns execs arrested for fraud

Two Bear Stearns hedge fund managers have been charged with fraud for allegedly lying to investors about problems within the bank prior to its billion-dollar collapse. What effect will their arrests have on Wall Street's credibility? Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Crime, Wall Street

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Love the Cup
Best of Peter Tosh 1978-1987
Fly School Reunion
200 Cigarettes: Music From The Motion Picture
Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Mothersbaugh, Various Artists
No Secrets