Marketplace for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Episode Description 
Marketplace for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An addiction to oil or a way of life?

Oil spills around the world may be the fault of individual companies, but Americans -- with their bus-less suburbs, saran wraps and highways -- are also perpetuating the country's reliance on oil.
Posted In: Auto, Environment, Oil

Measuring the success of the stimulus package

Two Princeton economists used economic modeling programs to see the effect of the federal stimulus package on the economy.

The state of the African-American community in the recession

Kai Ryssdal talks to Marc Morial, president of the Urban League about the state of the African-American community during the economic crisis and what he thinks will help more African-Americans bridge economic gaps.

Cities struggling to spend federal money for foreclosed homes

Two years ago, cities across the nation received money from Congress to buy and take care of foreclosed homes to prevent neighborhoods from becoming blighted. The September deadline to spend all that money is looming, and cities are struggling to spend the money, before it gets taken away.
Posted In: Housing

Take a free book, but pay it forward

The publishing industry is suffering from growing pains, especially in the advent of e-books. One Masschussetts publisher is trying something new: Giving away books for free.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Rise in profits, more hiring? Not exactly

Commentator Robert Reich talks about how the rise in corporate profits no longer equates to increased hiring.
Posted In: Jobs

Demand for durable goods down, but don't get scared yet

Demand for durable goods -- anything that lasts for more than three months -- went down last month. While some think this is an indication of the economy slowing, a closer look suggests otherwise.
Posted In: Retail

How much responsibility should oil companies take in an oil spill?

A sticking point in Congress's energy bill is how much responsibility a company that causes an oil spill should take. John Dimsdale reports.

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Driveway to Driveway
Two Dollar Pistols
Keep On Looking
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Come Andy Play In The Milky Night
Stereolab
Faithful (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
Idiotental
Guz