Marketplace for Thursday, March, 18, 2010

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Thursday, March, 18, 2010

Final note: Don't blame Greenspan

In this final note, Kai Ryssdal takes a look at a research paper written by Alan Greenspan. The former Federal Reserve Chairman says the low interest rates he set while running the Fed had nothing to do with the housing crash.

A future with Google-powered elections

Politicians will spend billions holding onto their offices or getting elected for the first time this fall. There's a whole industry dedicated to getting a slice of that pie, and a new kid on the block. Brett Neely reports.
Posted In: Internet

A firm that guarantees employment

Frank Koller talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book "Spark," and manufacturer Lincoln Electric's unique program that promises workers won't get laid off for economic reasons if they meet the company's performance standards.
Posted In: Books

College athletes' score doesn't add up

Millions will watch the NCAA basketball tournament, and it will generate a lot of wealth. But commentator Jon Wertheim says March Madness also also lays bare one of the great hypocrisies in sports.
Posted In: Sports

Why you should care about Foursquare

CNET reporter Caroline McCarthy talks with Kai Ryssdal about what Foursqaure is, and whether it has the potential to become the next Facebook.
Posted In: Science

Universal lowers CD prices to up sales

CD sales are down almost 16% this year as fewer people buy compact discs. But one major label has plans to try and sell more CDs. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Winnebago profits, but is still cautious

Winnebago posted its first quarterly profits in more than a year. What's that mean for the iconic maker of recreational vehicles? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Travel

A cap and trade system for people

Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman shared the major features of legislation they're preparing to roll out soon with some big business execs. Included in the plan is a tax that encourages consumers to limit their emissions too. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Do the health reform numbers matter?

The Congressional Budget Office released a slew of numbers on what the health care overhaul would cost: $940 billion over 10 years and more than a trillion in deficit reductions over the decade after that. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Health

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Hotel California (Spanish Mix)
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