Marketplace for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

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Marketplace for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

Debate rises over Gaza aid distribution

Aid organizations estimate damage to Gaza from Israel's incursion could be $1.5 billion. Whatever aid comes in, there's disagreement among Palestinian groups over who should distribute it. Daniel Estrin reports.

Economic woes limit U.S. foreign policy

President Obama's inauguration address focused a lot on the economy and foreign policy. But the U.S. economy may play a huge role in determining what can be done overseas. Kai Ryssdal speaks about foreign policy with Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine.

Wage stagnation is the real problem

While commentator David Frum doesn't think much of President Obama's plans to stimulate the economy, he says something needs to be done about workers' stagnating wages. He has a couple ideas how to do it with less government spending.

What is 'creative capitalism?'

At 2008's World Economic Forum, Bill Gates challenged corporations to engage in 'creative capitalism,' or be more socially responsible. Kai Ryssdal speaks with journalist Michael Kinsley about what that entails.
Posted In: Books

Cities mull bailouts of car dealerships

Some cities that depend on sales taxes to fill their coffers are offering loans to help keep struggling car dealerships in business. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Auto

Airlines pay for locking in fuel prices

Just about every U.S. airline is reporting losses, and a big reason why is that they locked in expensive fuel prices when those prices were at record highs last summer. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Airlines

Geithner questioned on taxes, bailouts

Treasury secretary nominee Timothy Geithner fielded tough questions from a Senate committee about mistakes on his tax returns and his part in crafting some of last year's biggest bailouts. Steve Henn reports.

Obama freezes pay, sets ethics rules

President Obama spent his first full day in office setting ethics guidelines and imposing a salary freeze on White House staffers earning more than $100,000. Kai Ryssdal speaks with John Dimsdale about the president's new policies and his upcoming agenda.

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