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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Trouble Asset Relief Program, or TARP, is currently running a $60 billion loss, according to a report out today. The USDA has identified one case of Mad Cow disease in a California dairy cow, but the cattle industry is staying relatively calm. A university is offering full scholarships to students who successfully pitch business plans -- and are ready to give the school a 10 percent stake. There's now an SEC inquiry into Hollywood executives paying for movies to play in China. And despite corporate incentives and serving as a setting for HBO's "Game of Thrones," Northern Ireland hasn't escaped the economic stagnation borne out of conflict.

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