Marketplace for Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Letters: Philanthropy and academic sabbatical

Kai Ryssdal reads listeners' responses to recent stories. This week: thoughts about philanthropy, academic sabbaticals and Obama's business relations.

REICH: Washington needs a bold solution for middle-class

Commentator Richard Reich says extending the Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits isn't helping the average American.
Posted In: Taxes

Are cubicles going extinct?

The cubicle was once the norm in an office setting, but times are changing. Not only are the workspaces getting smaller, but the whole idea of cubicles themselves -- closed off, with walls -- may be disappearing altogether.

Saccharin's not-so-sweet reputation

In the 1970s, the artificial sweetener known as saccharin got a bad rap because it was linked to causing cancer. It was later discovered not to be true. So why is its public image still suffering?
Posted In: Food, Health

Obama hopeful businesses are ready to help stimulate economy

President Obama sat down with 20 CEOs today in a closed-door meeting, in a discussion of what private industry can do to help get the economy going again. Are businesses ready to spend and hire? John Dimsdale reports.

The sticks and carrots of health care reform

Marketplace's Gregory Warner looks into what will motivate people to buy health insurance.
Posted In: Health

Do we really know how many foreclosures are out there?

Marketplace's Alisa Roth looks into why foreclosure figures vary so widely from source to source.
Posted In: Housing

Will Turkey head east or west?

With its EU membership petition at standstill, Turkey is looking to the Middle East as a business partner, to the chagrin of many western countries, including the U.S.

Music from this show

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Spilt Milk (Inst)
Dujeous
Sweet Child O Mine
Vitamin String Quartet
Brother Lee
Citizen Cope
Chicken Scratch
The Motet
Gotta Be Something
D-Tension
The Sidewalk Cruise
Cassettes Won't Listen