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Marketplace for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007

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'Twas the day after Christmas . . .

Ever been out shopping the morning after Christmas? It's kind of busy, actually. People sneaking out of work to spend gift cards and snap up a few post-holiday bargains. Amy Scott caught up with one shopper -- the kind retailers are counting on.
Posted In: Retail

Relearning the significance of risk

Lack of oversight and regulation paved the way for the subprime lending collapse and the nation's current credit crunch. Steve Tripoli has been covering the story and says the root problem was people forget about risk. He explains with host Amy Scott.
Posted In: Crime, Housing, Wall Street

Armoires can't hold latest in TV fashion

The armoire is the workhorse of the modern luxury hotel room. Or it was until the flat screen TV came along. Mary-Rose Abraham reports on how hotels are thinking outside of the big, wooden box.
Posted In: Travel

America needs immigrants' ambition

Illegal immigration is still a hot topic on the campaign trail. But commentator Robert Reich says the current debate over the issue misses the mark.
Posted In: Immigration

Prospering at helping cheaters

Some 2 million certification exams are taken in the I.T. profession alone every year. The Boston Globe has been investigating a new industry that helps people cheat on those tests. Correspondent Kevin Baron discussed his findings with host Amy Scott.

Indonesia rebuilds with tsunami aid

Three years ago a tsunami in Indonesia killed more than 230,000 people. It also spurred an outpouring of $13 billion in aid from around the globe. Jeremy Hobson reports on where the money went.
Posted In: Charity

Buffett buys manufacturing giant

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway agreed to buy 60% of the manufacturing giant Marmon Holdings. At $4.5 billion it's the biggest deal Buffett's done outside the insurance business. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Finding rich executives behaving badly

Plenty of executives and their companies were exposed for questionable behavior this year. Michelle Leder, editor of Footnoted.org, dug up many of these indiscretions from the fine print of SEC filings. She talks with host Amy Scott.
Posted In: Wall Street

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Black Cow
Even My Sure Things Fall Through
Preservation Act 1
Our Ill Wills
I Spy - FSM Vol.5 No.10
Earle Hagen, Earle Hagen, Hugo Friedhofer