Marketplace for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Marketplace for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It helps to know the rules on Wall St.

There are always interesting things to learn about how Wall Street really works. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon talks to Kai Ryssdal about the "whisper number" and tells a story about a candy drive he had in high school.
Posted In: Investing

Officials fear systemic risks of bailout

Bailout watchdog, Neil Barofsky said today the chances of getting all the bank bailout money back is slim. He's also worried the frantic efforts to save the financial system may have made it more unstable over the long term. Steve Henn reports.

A new way to measure the poverty line

The Census Bureau reports 47 million people in the U.S. live below the poverty line -- 7 million more than the official government estimate. Kai Ryssdal talks to professor Sheldon Danzinger about why we need to gauge poverty differently in a new era.
Posted In: Economy

Swine flu threatens hospital business

Swine flu continues to cost hospitals time and money, and some institutions are beginning to worry -- not just about their ability to care for all the victims of H1N1, but to continue their other business as usual. Joel Rose explains.
Posted In: Health

Examining the insurer-government bout

The House Judiciary Committee has voted to strip health insurance companies of their ability to get together and fix prices, and the Senate plans to do the same. Commentator Robert Reich examines the skirmish between government and private insurers.

Can Microsoft make Windows 7 'party?'

Microsoft rolls out Windows 7 tomorrow after years of development and testing. And after struggling so much with Vista, it could use some powerful PR. But its string of "launch party" ads may be hurting more than helping. John Moe reports.
Posted In: Science

Cadbury's 'cool' factor good for sales

Cadbury has partly been turning down Kraft's huge bids on the idea that it's too cool for such a big conglomerate. Christopher Werth explores Cadbury's lighter side through an engaging chain of TV ads that have been wildly popular -- and profitable.
Posted In: Entertainment

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