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Marketplace for Thursday, March, 12, 2009

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Marketplace for Thursday, March, 12, 2009

How ecstasy empire fell from its high

Despite its reputation as the love drug, ecstasy has a violent back story. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with "Chemical Cowboys" author Lisa Sweetingham about the investigations that ended an ecstasy empire.
Posted In: Crime

Pharmaceuticals go on buyout binge

Swiss drug maker Roche is acquiring U.S. biotech giant Genentech in a $47 billion deal. Sam Eaton reports on the latest example of a pharmaceutical company buying out a competitor to boost its product line.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, Science

Colleges' tech cuts slow innovation

With budget-conscious universities cutting funding for high-tech research, potential breakthroughs that could stimulate the economy are being put on the back burner. Janet Babin reports.

All the talk about 'Google Voice'

Kai Ryssdal speaks with New York Times technology columnist David Pogue about how a new service called "Google Voice" could change the communication lines.
Posted In: Science

Life insurers need a federal lifeline

At least a dozen struggling life insurance institutions are following in banks' footsteps, hoping to get a bailout from the U.S. Treasury. Steve Henn reports.

Germany insists it's doling out stimulus

As international finance leaders prepare to meet, there is disagreement over how to get the global economy back on track. As Stephen Beard reports, Germany is saying it's already spending a lot to stimulate its economy.

Where's the rest of the Madoff money?

Disgraced investor Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty to masterminding a $50 billion Ponzi scheme, the largest in history. So where did all that money go? Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Crime

Letters: Stimulus, salaries, trucks

Listeners weigh in on commentaries about stimulus spending, coaches' salaries, and a story about bigger trucks.

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Watching The Detectives (Single Version)
Elvis Costello
Where Is My Mind?
Pixies
The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Morrissey