Marketplace for Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Episode Description 

The terrible train rides of Mumbai

You think your commute is tough? Trying taking the train in Mumbai, India. Mehul Srivastava takes us along on the overcrowded and dangerous ride.
Posted In: Travel

Letters from our listeners

Marketplace listeners give us some food for thought about agribusiness, online sales taxes, cement and the maturity level of Grand Theft Auto 4 players.

Microlending needs bigger ideas

One of the most significant innovations for developing countries has been microfinance, giving small loans to poor entrepreneurs. Commentator and economist Dean Karlan says microlending is a valuable tool, but it needs more creativity to keep growing.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Investing

How to allow innovation without abuse?

When Wall Street's best and brightest devise things like collateralized debt obligations and mortgage-backed securities in the good times, they're applauded. But when those things go bad, they get the blame. Bob Moon reports on balancing innovation and regulation.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Wall Street

Networks to test new ways to connect

With television audiences declining, network executives are looking for ways to attract them -- and advertisers -- whether it be online, on screen or on our phones. Kai Ryssdal has more on some of the new steps they're taking.
Posted In: Entertainment

Will China accept help for earthquake?

With the death toll from China's Sichuan Province earthquake at more than 12,000 and expected to rise, aid offers are coming in from around the globe. But will Beijing be receptive to assistance or choose to go it alone? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Charity

Suppliers come to small businesses' aid

Banks are reporting more loans to small businesses going bad. That means the small businesses left standing are having a harder time getting credit. And that hurts their suppliers. Jill Barshay reports on some creative solutions to keep business flowing.
Posted In: Economy

Economic indicator: Less cash

Wal-Mart says sales have started to follow the pay cycle -- trailing off as money runs out before the next paycheck comes. And Bank of America is seeing more people paying for basics with credit cards. Janet Babin reports on families feeling the pinch.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

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Socialize
Very Best of
Shake Your Money Maker
It's Your Thing (Single Version) (2006 Remastered)
Cold Grits
Soul Mining
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