Marketplace for Thursday, May 9, 2013
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"The Great Gatsby" is getting released soon and everyone is buzzing with excitement for the adaptation of the life of the rich. But, in reality, the life of the rich and poor is rarely anything like it is in the movies. In jobs numbers news today, jobless claims are falling and we wonder is that is a good thing or if it means employers have hit peak layoff. In world news, another factory fire in Bangladesh brings to light the fair trade movement. Does it hurt businesses and are consumers really buying?
Posted In: The Great Gatsby, movies, movie, class
The opening of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will offer moviegoers a look at over-the-top Jazz Age luxury. But for all of Gatsby's glamour, many of the plots of this year's most highly anticipated films hinge on class conflict.
Posted In: government, Congress, politics
A Duke professor asks: What would happen if all the millionaires in public office joined a single political party? Answer: They'd control the federal government by a wide margin.
Posted In: Jobs, weekly jobless, layoffs
U.S. jobless claims are falling -- most recently to a pre-recession level -- but does that mean nothing more than employers are getting to the point where they can’t lay off any more workers?
Posted In: Fair trade, Retail, clothing, Bangladesh
Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?
We asked listeners to weigh in with suggestions for names for our office meeting rooms.
Posted In: tennessee, medicaid
An expansion of Medicaid is supposed to cover more of the working poor. But Republican-led states have been opting out and outlying areas in states like Tennessee may be the hardest hit.