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Feb 15, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 15, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 15, 2008

Segments From this episode

Home builders cut off political funds

Feb 14, 2008
Upset with the lack of action towards the housing crisis, the National Association of Home Builders said it would not be contributing money to elections this year. Jeremy Hobson reports on the power of money in politics.

A dark cloud over Beijing Olympics

Feb 15, 2008
China's pollution is making some athletes shorten their stays at the Olympics or avoid them altogether. Scott Jagow talks to business of sports commentator Diana Nyad about risk to health and China's image.

BA, Virgin fixing the price-fixing

Feb 15, 2008
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have tentatively agreed to settle charges of price-fixing. Stephen Beard reports customers who flew between the U.S. and the U.K. over a certain time period are eligible for a $20 refund.

These dentists prefer you not flush

Feb 15, 2008
A dental office in Athens, Georgia is using porta-potties as a way to conserve water during the drought. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports the patients aren't forced to use them, and many are responding well to the idea.

Grammy hard-hitters to chart-toppers

Feb 15, 2008
Music sales have bumped up since the days the Grammys aired. Doug Krizner talks to Billboard's Bill Werde about which acts used the awards to their advantage influencing the charts and which could have hit harder.

Toy companies not cooking with vinyl

Feb 15, 2008
With toy safety a big concern over the past year, consumers at the upcoming toy fair in New York will be on the lookout for toys made without vinyl. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports who is responding to concerns.
A girl plays with a toy tea set from Green Toys Inc., maker of eco-friendly toys.
Green Toys, Inc.

New media ads for old media firms

Feb 15, 2008
Four of the top media firms in the country are uniting behind an online ad company that reaches one-fifth of the U.S. population. Janet Babin reports on the publishers' stuggle to compete with new media.

Silent film sale: Less talk, more buck

Feb 15, 2008
The largest collection of silent movies in the world is up for sale. The films include works with Buster Keaton and other big era stars, and Stacey Vanek-Smith reports archives and universities will pay plenty for it.
Silent film star Buster Keaton
imdb.com

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC