Marketplace for Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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Time for low-income affirmative action

Commentator Robert Reich says Democrats have acknowledged the obstacles racial minorities face in hiring and education for a long time. Now, he says, they ought to look at the economically disadvantaged, too.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes

Latest economic indicator -- the shrink

Sometimes you find economic truths in offbeat places. Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson visited an anxiety clinic in Washington, D.C., for a measurement of how consumers are coping.
Posted In: Economy

A trial by fire for veggie burger maker

When Marie Osmunson received a huge order for her vegetarian burgers from one of the Northwest's most popular fast-food chains, she had a problem: How to deal with success. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Food

LPGA to non-English speakers: Shh!

The Ladies Professional Golf Association is telling its players, many of whom are Korean, they'll be suspended if they can't pass an oral English exam next year. Why? Sponsors speak a language everyone understands. It's called money.
Posted In: Sports

Germany facing economic woes, too

Germans' confidence in their economy -- Europe's largest -- has plummeted with second-quarter performance actually shrinking. What could be the impact on Europe and the U.S.? Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Economy

Gulf Coast waits for Gustav's next move

The latest forecast calls for Tropical Storm Gustav to make landfall on the Gulf Coast Monday morning. Kai Ryssdal talks with oil worker Buddy Bollfrass about how oil companies are getting ready.
Posted In: Oil

Private firms eyeing public projects

Cities and states need an estimated $1.5 trillion to fix crumbling bridges, roads and utility plants. Taxpayers traditionally have paid for those kinds of projects. But governments are heading for Wall Street to get the job done. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

New gadgets? Everybody in the pool!

Kai Ryssdal jumps into the pool with Kevin Pereira of G4's "Attack of the Show" to try out some of the latest technology that doesn't have any trouble getting wet.
Posted In: Science

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