Marketplace for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Marketplace for Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How much more money will the Fed push into the economy?

The Fed is expected to announce soon its plans for continuing to fix the U.S. economy. Will it push another $1.5 trillion? Experts say this may not be the best idea, and John Dimsdale explains why.

Study: Lowering prices will not increase profits

Businesses big and small are still trying to figure out a way to dig themselves out of a hole. Some are choosing to lower prices, in hopes of luring customers into stores, but a new study shows that this might not be the best strategy. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Retail

Letters: Public sector workers, thrift store shopping

Kai Ryssdal reads your letters about what you thought of stories we aired. Also, a small correction.

Myspace concedes to Facebook

Myspace has been losing members to Facebook since its heyday back in 2004. So the website is changing courses: Myspace announced that it will move from being a social networking website to a "social entertainment" website.
Posted In: Entertainment

Should we all work less?

For some economists, less working hours may be just the thing to lower the unemployment rate. Marketplace's Adriene Hill weighs the pros and cons of this idea.
Posted In: Jobs

Toilet paper goes tube-free to be green

Toilet paper's been the same for about, oh, a hundred years or so. But the makers of Scott tissue say they have a game changer for the $9 billion industry. And they say it's a planet-saver, too. Eve Troeh reports. Plus, view a slideshow that recounts the history of TP.

Frum: This election, vote GOP

Marketplace commentator David Frum says aside from the conservative characters that haven't put the best face on the GOP, Frum says he'll be voting a straight Republican ticket this election.

Jimmy Carter on deregulation, health care

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter talks with Kai Ryssdal about his new book, "White House Diary," whether he is partly to blame for the state of the economy because he started a drive for deregulation, his appointment of Paul Volcker to Federal Reserve Chairman, and his push for health care reform.
Posted In: Books

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Son Of Neckbone
The Beastie Boys
I Believe In You
Cat Power
Alright, Already
Combustible Edison
Instrumental Vision (Deep Mix)
The Whitest Boy Alive

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