Marketplace AM for May 16, 2007
May 16, 2007

Marketplace AM for May 16, 2007

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It's Sarkozy's economy now

May 16, 2007
Past attempts at reforming the French economy have not been met kindly by its labor unions, but Nicolas Sarkozy was sworn in as that country's new president today and he may have a better shot at success than his predecessors.

Poppies to pills

May 16, 2007
We're losing the war against Afghanistan's illicit opium trade, and losing big. It's time to allow poppy cultivation there for the legal pharmaceutical market, says commentator Reza Aslan, for the sake of their security and ours.

Dell, you're getting a lawsuit

May 16, 2007
The nation's top retailer of PCs is accused of luring buyers with deceptive lending practices and lax tech support. It's just the latest in a string of bad news. Janet Babin talks to Scott Jagow.

Nanotechnology, nanoregulation

May 16, 2007
There's an increasing chance that the stuff you use to clean your face or shampoo your hair contains submicroscopic particles. But while the list of consumer products using nanomaterials is growing fast, regulation of them is not. Janet Babin reports.

Unions challenge private equity

May 16, 2007
Cerberus and Chrysler insist the company won't be junked and sold for parts, but the mushrooming trend toward privatization has prompted workers unions to pressure venture capitalists to share the wealth. John Dimsdale explains.

Character-based loans grow in Kenya

May 16, 2007
Microlending is having a major impact in Kenya, sparking as many as 40,000 small businesses as its poorest residents take advantage of the new opportunity. And with reputations on the line, the payback rate is outstanding, Gretchen Wilson reports.

Blair's goodbye to Washington

May 16, 2007
Tony Blair will visit today with President Bush for the final time as Britain's prime minister. Their relationship has seriously damaged Blair's popularity back home, but he's not going out as Bush's lapdog, Stephen Beard reports.

A 'sustainable' stamp of approval

May 16, 2007
Goldman Sachs is hosting a gathering of business owners who voluntarily abide by rules to use local products and treat workers fairly. It may be a sign the trend is growing. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC

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