Marketplace for Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Today, on the the fifty-year anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson’s State of the Union address, in which he issued a call to arms against poverty, we look at the fierce debate, not only over whether the U.S. has won or lost the war on poverty, but whether the country as a whole is gaining ground or retreating. Also, this week marks the 50th anniversary of a report by the Surgeon General on the health effects of smoking, linking it to lung cancer and heart disease. We hear about the impact the report had on one of the biggest industries in the nation. And, the National Federation of Independent Business said small business owners added more jobs per firm last month than they have in eight years. Even so, there are more Americans unemployed now than at any time since World War II, while Congress is debating whether to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed.

Velveeta shortage?!?

Bloomberg's Venessa Wong talks about how supplies of the famous cheese are melting away just before the nation's busiest dip season.
Posted In: Velveeta, cheese, Super Bowl, Food

Beef prices surge as cold weather rolls in

A Missouri cattle farmer tells us why.
Posted In: beef, polar vortex

We've come a long way, baby

50 years ago this week, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a report that linked smoking to lung cancer. A look at how that affected the industry and where we are now.
Posted In: smoking, cigarettes

Barnes and Noble hopes to turn the page on falling sales

Between competition from Amazon, and the less-than-tremendous success of its Nook, Barnes and Noble is in a tough spot.
Posted In: Books, e-readers, Nook, Kindle

FTC cracks down on weight-loss products

The Washington Post’s Lydia DePillis explains the deceptive advertising around weight-loss drugs.
Posted In: weight loss, Health, drugs, medicine, advertising, deceptive advertising

Man, this book is depressing

Researchers in the UK come up with a literary misery index that corresponds with economic downturns.
Posted In: Books, misery index

American presidents and the rhetoric of poverty

January 8, 2014, marks fifty years since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty in America.
Posted In: poverty, LBJ

Prospects bleak for long-term unemployed

As Congress considers extending federal benefits, the long-term unemployed find it harder to find a job with every day they're out of the workforce.
Posted In: unemployment benefits, long-term unemployment

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Black & Blue (Album Version)
Miike Snow
Cirrus
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Faithful (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
God Made the World
Cold Cave

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