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.

Greece puts debt deal up for referendum

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.

All pledge all the time

Public television introduces a cable station that airs nothing but pledge drives.
Posted In: Entertainment

Don't forget the American Dream

Commentator David Willis says a series of financial crises have eroded American optimism, and risk killing the American Dream.

Banks roll back some fees

Bank of America is the latest big bank to cancel previously announced debit card fees.
Posted In: Banks

More on the MF Global bankruptcy

These final notes today, a couple of MF Global tidbits....
Posted In: Final Note, MF Global

The reasoning behind referendum politics

Taking a closer look at why Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou asked for a referendum on a eurozone deal made last week.

Hear me out, 'Big Pink'

IBM just appointed its first female CEO. Virginia Rometty takes over on January 1st. Commentator Kristina Wong has a few things to say to her.
Posted In: women in management

The unintended consequences of elections

Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses some of the strange side effects that happen around elections.

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Welcome to the Jungle
Vitamin String Quartet
Simply Put
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Four Tet
What's Crazy (Instrumental)
Viva La Vida

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