Marketplace for Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Kai Ryssdal reviews listener comments about paying with cash instead of plastic, interest-rate swaps, the "slow media" movement, a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery, and more.
Commentator and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich will be in attendance at a White House jobs summit on Thursday. He offers a sneak preview of what he plans to say there.
Posted In: Economy, Retail
Just as when it lowered prices on books and DVD's, Wal-Mart's decision to cut video game prices by $10 has led to a big drop in the stock prices of competing retailers. With that much power, can Wal-Mart cause deflation? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Dollars will be a significant part of the U.S. arsenal in the ramped-up battle against the Taliban. Money will also be widely distributed as development aid. Steve Henn reports on the many uses of cold, hard cash in the battle for hearts and minds.