Marketplace for Tuesday, March 13, 2012

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The price of milk has fallen due to some states' overproduction. Many schools are turning to private companies to give their dorms an extreme makeover. Kai Ryssdal talks to Dusty White, a participant in the controversial Homeless Hotspots program at South by Southwest in Austin. Gallup's Frank Newport explores whether gas prices really are on the minds of voters this election season. And Heidi Moore discusses the Federal Reserve’s claim that 15 of 19 major banks passed its stress test.

Kansas City grandma worries about Medicare

In this election year, commentator Emma Williams fears the health care program for seniors and the disabled will become a political football.
Posted In: Medicare, Health, medicaid

Colleges move out of the dorm business

Students are looking for more luxurious digs and colleges are starting to look to private companies to build them.
Posted In: dorms, college

Do voters really care about gas prices?

The latest Gallup data reveals how important gas prices really are to voters.
Posted In: gas prices

'Homeless Hotspots' from the ground level

The "Homeless Hotspots" program unveiled at South by Southwest has ignited both outrage and support. But participants in the Front Steps homeless shelter say it's a beneficial program.
Posted In: homeless hotspots, wi-fi, South by Southwest, sxsw

Milk: Cheaper by the gallon

Dairy products prices are falling in the U.S. worldwide. What’s behind the fall in milk prices? Bigger herds and warmer winter weather.
Posted In: milk, commodities, cows

The rare earth advantage

U.S. and EU complain to the World Trade Organization about Chinese dominance and policy in the vital high-tech sector.
Posted In: rare earths, rare earth minerals, China

White House keeps state dinner wine list a secret

The wine list for the state dinner this week with British Prime Minister David Cameron isn't exactly classified, but nobody's talkin' about it.
Posted In: wine, white house

Federal Reserve releases banks' stress test results

Turns out American banks are in a much better position financially than we thought.
Posted In: Banks, Federal Reserve, stress tests, Citigroup, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Goldman, Morgan Stanley

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Be Easy
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Breakdown featuring Jack Johnson
Handsome Boy Modeling School
Prove It
The Funeral
Band Of Horses
Let's Roll [feat. Kid Rock] [Clean]

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