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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Peer pressure pushes people to go green

A growing body of research shows the most effective way to get people to go green is not through do-good appeals, but rather peer pressure. Sarah Gardner reports on the latest research findings.

Letters: Astrology, retirement, priorities

Listeners had strong reactions to stories about astrology and retirement in the Marketplace mailbox this week. Also, Kai Ryssdal tells us that FDIC isn't really an acronym at all.

Asphalt shortage makes recovery rough

President-elect Obama wants to spend nearly $300 billion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost the ailing economy. But road and bridge repairs will require a lot of asphalt, and as Joel Rose reports, a shortage of it could spell trouble.
Posted In: Oil, Science

A look inside Countrywide

Countrywide Financial is arguably the company at the heart of the mortgage financial crisis. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Countrywide's former Senior Vice President of Marketing Adam Michaelson about his experiences at the company.
Posted In: Books, Housing

Cheap oil puts Venezuela over a barrel

High oil prices have kept Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez popular over the years. But with oil prices falling and a stack of bills piling up, the Venezuelan economy is at risk of collapsing. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Oil

Europe low on fuel without Russian gas

The dispute between Russia and Ukraine is heating up. While the two countries fight over the price of natural gas and an unpaid bill, several European nations are caught in the middle. Stephen Beard reports that many nations are warning of fuel shortages.
Posted In: Oil

Putting the bad numbers into context

Numbers released today show that November wasn't a good month for factory orders or home sales. Both fell. But there is a little bit of good news in the services sector. Bob Moon reports on the latest numbers.

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Ain't No Sunshine - J. Rocc Remix [Explicit]
Kashmere Stage Band
Everywhere (Album Version (Edited)) [feat. Martina Topley Bird] [Clean]
Common
Swan's Splashdown
Perrey And Kingsley
Sublime
Supreme Beings of Leisure