Marketplace for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Citigroup shareholders voted down a pay package for the bank's top executives. A new startup is partnering with major universities to offer online courses for free. Ever since the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, reactors have been shut down one by one, and now only one remains -- but there's a push to get them restarted. Commentator Robert Reich says history shows the economy has grown faster during periods where we've taxed the rich more. And in the latest from Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner talks about the hidden side of corporate social responsibility.

Ski resort unification cut off by landowner

Tahoe ski resorts Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows merged this season. But connecting them physically depends on the unconventional owner of the property between the two resorts.
Posted In: skiing, tahoe

Taxing the rich is good for the economy

Commentator Robert Reich says increased tax revenue greases the wheels of economic growth
Posted In: Taxes, fairness, economic growth, the wealthy

Poll shows Obama and Romney in dead heat

A CBS News/New York Times poll finds Romney closing the gap. So how would his wealth affect his policies?
Posted In: Mitt Romney

Top universities join forces online

Five big schools, including Princeton and University of Pennsylvania, will begin offering free classes on the web. It's all part of a new venture backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
Posted In: online education, Education, college

No nuke Japan

Since Fukushima, Japan has shuttered all but one nuclear reactor. Now the debate to restart has begun.
Posted In: Japan, nuclear power, nuclear

Citigroup vote shows shareholder unrest

Citigroup and other companies face shareholder disapproval of high executive pay. Will the boards of directors heed the concerns?
Posted In: Citigroup, Citibank, executives, bonuses, pay cut, shareholders

Remembering Dick Clark

The popular host and producer died today at age 82.
Posted In: Dick Clark

Good corporate citizenship can pay off

Freakonomics Radio takes a look at whether having a high level of corporate social responsibility is good for business in the long run.
Posted In: corporate responsibility

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