Marketplace for Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Episode Description 

Sneaker marketing tries a smaller size

Some sneaker makers are giving national advertising campaigns the boot. To get more traction, they are increasingly turning to a tactic known as hyper-local marketing. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Retail

My sobering summer road trip

Even on vacation, economists can't help themselves: They think about money. Commentator Robert Reich tells us what his recent road trip with his son taught him about the state of the U.S. economy.
Posted In: Travel

How long can banks 'delay and pray'?

Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Senior Business Correspondent Bob Moon about a risky strategy by banks to put off dealing with the toxic assets that mucked up the economy and are still on their balance sheets.

High-speed trading goes off the Street

Stock traders are always looking for ways to get a leg up on the competition. Jill Barshay reports that today it's all about two things: speed and location.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Site shows donations, lawmakers' votes

Do political contributions affect how lawmakers vote? A new online tool allows users to draw their own conclusions by putting donations from interest groups up against a calendar of Capitol Hill legislators' votes. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Internet

GM upsets Germans over Opel deal

The German government has given its blessing and a promise of $6 billion in financing to assist General Motors in selling its Opel division to a Canadian parts maker with Russian backing. But GM is balking. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Auto

Kennedy focused on common people

Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday at 77, was a man of privilege who dedicated himself to defending opportunities for workers, students and the sick. Marketplace's John Dimsdale takes a look back at Kennedy's economic philosophy.