Marketplace for Thursday, November 17, 2011

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On today's show, we looked at how one might brand Occupy Wall Street. Some retailers are gearing up for Christmas early, while others are sticking to one holiday at a time. You may be charged more for health care if you smoke or are overweight. And we also heard about the history of skyscrapers, and the latest on the NBA lockout.

O'Rourke: If the 1% had less, would the 99% be better off?

Join us for a week long commentary series asking that question. We'll hear from economists, academics, and the public.
Posted In: If the 1% had less would the 99% be better off?

One holiday at a time

Some stores have resisted the trend to start Christmas before Thanksgiving. Retailer Nordstrom won't even put up decorations until the day after Thanksgiving and is emphatically closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Posted In: Black Friday, retail sales

Higher premiums for unhealthy lifestyles

More employers are charging overweight workers or those who smoke more for health insurance.
Posted In: Health, health care, smoking, obesity

The history of the skyscraper

Kate Ascher's new book takes a closer look at the history behind the buildings the make the skylines of the world.

Portugal's prime minister seeks help in Angola

Pedro Passos de Coelho is in Portugal today asking investors in the economically-robust former colony to invest in cash-strapped Portugal.
Posted In: Angola, Portugal

Where does Occupy go from here?

Now that the Occupy Wall Street protests have been uprooted, protesters are taking to the streets. But what are the next steps the movement should take?
Posted In: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy L.A.

Happy Guinness World Records Day!

More 200,000 people around the world took part in attempts to break or make records.

What role will the NCAA take in the Penn State scandal?

NCAA President Mark Emmert discusses whether there is room for sanctions against Penn State and the difficulty of managing a college institution while keeping a big-time football program in check.
Posted In: NCAA, college sports

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Four Tet
No Age
Cover Your Tracks
Young Galaxy
Saint Ignatius Belsse
The Insane Warrior
Shooting Holes
Twin Shadow

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