Marketplace for Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Marketplace for Wednesday, August 12, 2009

230 mpg for Chevy Volt? Not always

General Motors says its Chevy Volt can get 230 mpg. But the bloggers over at Environmental Economics found out how GM really arrived at that number. Click here for a link to the blog.
Posted In: Auto

A win for American media in China

The World Trade Organization ruled today that China broke free trade agreements by restricting U.S. imports of books and other media. That could open up the Chinese market for American publishers and film studios. Amy Scott reports.

Economy not falling, but not better yet

Almost two years after the recession started, things are officially not getting worse anymore. But even though the bleeding has stopped, the economy is still in intensive care. Steve Henn reports.

Economy really not as bad as it looks

After months of warnings that we were on the edge of disaster, it's a little tough now to make a case for optimism. But good news has been coming a little more frequently lately. Kai Ryssdal talks to senior business correspondent Bob Moon.

Start-ups prepare to make the pitch

A handful of venture capitalists will descend on a Philadelphia business incubator tomorrow, where fledgling entrepreneurs spent the summer honing their business plans. Now comes the moment of truth. Joel Rose reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Keeping the sick economy stable

OK, so we're not out of the woods yet. What does Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke have to do in the coming months to keep from worsening the recession? Kai Ryssdal talks to Dan Greenhaus, economic strategist with Miller Tabak.

We're gonna have a lot of corn

The USDA says there's going to be a near-record crop for corn this year. Blame it on the weather and the number of corn-ears-produced-per-acre in the Midwest grain belt. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Big Pharma deal sets bad precedent

Last week's news of a deal between the White House and big pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing struck some as a step too far. Commentator Robert Reich explains how this could change future health care legislation.

Workplace keeping its employees well

Employers may be cutting back on budgets and staff, but what they're keeping they're making sure is in top form. Wellness programs from cholesterol screenings to yoga classes are thriving in the workplace. Alex Cohen reports.
Posted In: Health, Jobs

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