Marketplace for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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We figure out what comprises the stolen passport business, from point of theft to point of sale, by  looking at the players, the costs and the business of dealing in stolen passport papers. Also: Senate Banking Committee leaders came out with plans to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bipartisan plan calls for a private reinsurer to step in, and be on the hook for at least 10 percent of any losses on mortgate debt. And since it’s TV pilot season, we look at the practice of the "pilot pre-nup" -- agreements between stars and studios. They do one episode, and if it’s not picked up, the developer and the star are paid off.

The life of a stolen passport

How stolen passports get from owner to impostor owner
Posted In: passports, stolen passport

Our national menswear nightmare is over

Men's Warehouse will pay $1.8 billion for Jos. A Bank
Posted In: menswear, men's suits

Big shot directors are making indie films for Prada

Just about every major fashion house has a short indie film, and they're hiring top directors like Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola.
Posted In: film, Prada, Gucci, sundance

Tin: The modern world's glue

The element that brought us beyond the Stone Age.
Posted In: elements, tin, bbc world service

A plan to wind down Fannie and Freddie

Senate leaders have a bipartisan blueprint for getting government (somewhat) out of the housing market.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Star in a TV pilot? You should sign a pre-nup

It's pilot season in Hollywood, and the best deals are put-pilot commitments.
Posted In: television, celebrities, pilots

Being middle class in Pakistan

Author Haroon Ullah talks about his new book 'The Bargain from the Bazaar'
Posted In: Pakistan

It's almost spring. Time to dig.

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The Sea and Cake
David Byrne & St. Vincent
At the Seaside
Peter Bjorn and John
After Image
Airglow Fires
Eat Your Heart Up
The Blow

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