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Marketplace for Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Episode Description 

Letters from our listeners

Host Bob Moon reads listener comments on a few of our recent stories. This week: the future of food, artificial lawns, Medicare costs and a defense of disco

Consumers hanging up on landlines

A growing number of consumers are saying bye-bye to their landline phones in favor of the portability and convenience of cell phones. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Science

Europe wants American tourists back

Bad exchange rates have the number of Americans visiting Europe dropping, but the travel industry is preparing its response. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Travel

Paychecks stretch instead of grow

To find the real reason for low economic confidence, follow the money. Commentator Jared Bernstein says a lack of pay increases is keeping workers struggling.

Tainted tomatoes remain a mystery

Tomato growers have millions and consumers are shaken, but there are still no answers. Host Bob Moon asks analyst J.D. Hanson why there's been no word on the source of the outbreak.
Posted In: Food, Health

Landmark lead paint verdict reversed

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has overturned a ruling that left three former lead paint makers facing billions in cleanup costs. Sam Eaton report.
Posted In: Crime, Health

Was buying Countrywide a good idea?

Countrywide is officially part of Bank of America, but in the six months since B of A agreed to buy the mortgage company, Countrywide's losses continued to build up. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Housing, Mergers and Acquisitions

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Bright Like Neon Love
Keep It Like a Secret
All The Umbrellas In London
The Magnetic Fields
Heartfelt