Marketplace for Tuesday, November 1, 2011
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Greek P.M. George Papandreou surprised many by calling for a referendum on the eurozone decision reached last week. Bank of America is backing off its $5 debit card fee. Public television may get an all-pledge-drive channel. Commentator Kristina Wong wrote a letter to IBM's new female CEO. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talked about what an election year has to do with deforestation and beer taxes. And longtime BBC contributor David Willis wondered if American optimism has disappeared after a long recession.
The fate of the euro hangs in the balance as Greece's prime minister asks his people to vote on the deal to solve the European debt crisis.
Commentator David Willis says a series of financial crises have eroded American optimism, and risk killing the American Dream.
Taking a closer look at why Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou asked for a referendum on a eurozone deal made last week.
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses some of the strange side effects that happen around elections.