Marketplace for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Episode Description 

States hit hard by higher jobless claims

With the jobless rate up over 6 percent, more people are receiving unemployment benefits and staying on unemployment. That means states are struggling more to pay the bill. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Ag exports are too big for containers

Agricultural exports have been going strong but American farmers are frustrated because they could be exporting even more, if not for a bottleneck in shipping. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Trade may not deter Russia from war

Commentator Dan Drezner says economic modernization is considered to be a good buffer against war for most countries. But in Russia's case, standard ways of thinking may not apply.

Why don't athletes just stay retired?

Lance Armstrong's out of retirement and training for next year's Tour de France. NFL Quarterback Brett Favre also ran a retirement reverse. Why can't they stay away? Business of sports commentator Diana Nyad discusses that question with Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Sports

New life, business comes to Wall Street

When the credit crunch hit about a year ago, Wall Street was just recovering from losing thousands of jobs to recession and the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. Amy Scott reports on how the rebuilding effort is doing amid the economic downturn.
Posted In: Wall Street

McDonald's targets Starbucks attitude

We've been hearing a lot lately about negative TV ads stirring up America's ongoing culture wars. Some new ones are about to come out, not from one political candidate attacking another, but from McDonald's attacking Starbucks. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Food, Retail

Tax-avoidance schemes draw scrutiny

Several investment banks have been helping foreign clients evade millions of dollars in U.S. taxes, a Congressional report says. But the transactions have been around for years. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Banks join list of credit-crunch victims

While everyone has been watching the mortgage-meltdown struggles of the major investment firms, another financial industry has been taking a huge hit. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on difficulties ahead for big banks and S&Ls.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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Shapes of Rhythm/Woman Is Sweeter
Galt MacDermot
German Years 1977-1999
Dead Ringer
Dylan Group / Him
Sea From Shore