Marketplace for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Episode Description 

Retailers tie holiday shopping to giving

Even though a lot of people are spending less this year, the holidays will go on and gifts will be bought. So retailers and charities are teaming up to make shopping itself a gift that gives more than once. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Retail

Going to school on Afghans' problems

Decades of violent conflict in Afghanistan have left much of the country homeless, hungry and jobless. Greg Mortenson is trying to address those problems by building schools there. He joins Kai Ryssdal to talk about his efforts.
Posted In: Charity

Listeners comment on our coverage

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.

Recovery goal: Jobs with good wages

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.

Can Wal-Mart cause deflation?

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.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

Google, publishers find agreement

Some publishers, most notably Rupert Murdoch, have complained that Google is taking advantage of their sites by offering their paid content for free. Now Google has decided to play nice -- sort of. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Internet

Cash will be key weapon in Afghanistan

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.