Marketplace for Thursday, September 20, 2012
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News today from the U.S. Census had some possibly hopeful signs for the U.S. economy, including the fact that after years curled up in their parents' dens America's young adults are finally crawling out into the light (and into employment). Plus, what did America really think of Romney's 47 percent comment? Frank Newport and the Gallup poll are here to help us parse public opinion. And commentator Scott Walker explores that ancient dilemma in the age of the cell phone: to text... or not to text?
Posted In: Bank of America, too big to fail, job cuts
Bank of America, bloated by national expansion and saddled with bad mortgages, is speeding up its plan to cut 30,000 jobs. The Wall Street Journal says the bank could reach its downsizing goal a year early.
Posted In: 2012 elections, Mitt Romney, 47 percent
Frank Newport of Gallup drops by to school us on just what factors truly effect how we vote for the president. Spoiler alert: gaffes like Romney's "47 percent" aren't one of them.
Posted In: cell phone etiquette
More people are texing these days, and that's put our self-confessed "text resisting" commentator Rob Walker in a socially tricky spot.
Posted In: shipping, Arctic, carbon emissions, global warming
Shipping across the ice-free Arctic appears closer than ever. The new route will save fuel, but bring emissions and soot directly to the Arctic -- possibly accelerating the ice melt.
Posted In: health care, poverty, neighborhoods, urban planning
Researchers have found that while moving out of poorer neighborhoods improves a person's health and general happiness, moving to a better-off region did not improve families' income.
Posted In: China's Politics, China's Economy
As China prepares for its first leadership transition in a decade, Marketplace's Rob Schmitz talks to passengers on China's slowest and fastest trains to find out whether they think country is on the right track.