Marketplace for Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Episode Description 

Municipal Wi-Fi isn't dead yet

Philadelphia's plan for citywide Wi-Fi has fallen apart, but other cities are starting to see the benefits of providing Internet access. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Science

SEC offers rating agency reforms

Rating agencies are being blamed for giving high marks to bonds backed by subprime mortgages. Marketplace's Amy Scott talks to Kai Ryssdal about the SEC's attempts to reform the system.
Posted In: Investing

In politics, success equals money

Barack Obama has raised three times as much cash as John McCain. Commentator David Frum says this has turned the usually flush GOP into an unconvincing underdog.

Colombia trade deal stalled in Congress

The Colombian free trade deal awaits a vote in Congress two years after the president's signature. Kai Ryssdal talks with Colombian Trade Minister Luis Plata about the agreement.

Critical vote ahead for E.U. treaty

The Lisbon Treaty aims to reform the way the 27-country European Union runs, but a referendum in Ireland might bring the treaty to a halt. Stephen Beard explains.

Narrowing The Gap

Retailer Gap Inc. plans to consolidate its various specialty stores into its main stores to save on real estate costs and unite its brand. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Retail

Importing inflation

Skyrocketing oil costs and high food prices have stirred inflation worries around the globe, and a weak dollar means we'll definitely feel the effects. John Dimsdale explains.
Posted In: Economy

High gas prices? Get used to them

The Energy Department says high gasoline prices are here to stay. But is there anything the government can do to alleviate the pressure? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy

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