Feb 17, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 17, 2012

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Ford CEO Alan Mulally discusses the driving forces behind his company's turnaround and what makes Michigan unique. From Detroit to down South, where reality TV producers are mining the stories of rural folks. Food companies grapple with higher ingredient costs.…

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Rising gas prices offset payroll tax savings

Feb 17, 2012
Consumer savings from the payroll tax cut, which lawmakers just voted to extend for another year, were erased by higher gasoline prices. The same scenario is likely this year.

Reality TV heads to the South

Feb 17, 2012
Reality TV is cheap to make and there's a whole lot of it out there. These days, producers are finding characters in the backwoods of Louisiana.

Food giants feel the heat

Feb 17, 2012
High commodity prices put big food producers in a tough spot.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally on the auto industry's progress

Feb 17, 2012
The president of Ford Motor Co. credits good investments as a reason for the company's ability to stay afloat during the recession.

Why 'The Simpsons' has been so successful

Feb 17, 2012
The longest-scripted show in TV history will air its 500th episode. Author John Ortved discusses how much "The Simpsons" is worth and the international market for the show.

PODCAST: Taxpayers lose on mortgage settlement, Ford's turnaround

Feb 17, 2012
What's the driving force behind Ford's turnaround? CEO Alan Mulally discusses from Detroit. Down South, reality TV is looking for new voices in the backwoods. Prices are rising -- for both food ingredients and gas. Britain and France are set…

Mid-day Extra: More from Ford's CEO

Feb 17, 2012
Listen to an extended conversation with Ford CEO Alan Mulally, where he discusses whether consumers will want larger or smaller cars 20 years from now and the importance of emerging markets like China to the carmaker.

The mortgage settlement may cost taxpayers

Feb 17, 2012
A report says U.S. taxpayers may end up on the losing side of the multi-billion-dollar housing settlement between banks and states. Former TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky explains how we may be bailing out big banks again.

What the spectrum auction means for you and me

Feb 17, 2012
Wireless companies may soon be able to buy more airwaves under a spectrum auction that will help pay for the payroll tax cut extension and other jobless benefits. What's the idea behind the auction?

Britain, France to sign nuclear energy deal

Feb 17, 2012
The two European nations are set to strike a deal that will pave the way for new nuclear power plants in the U.K. But why now?

Is our economic rebound for real?

Feb 17, 2012
Economic data indicate our economy is warming up. But how might Europe's problems affect America's recovery?

As Houston’s song plays, Dolly Parton benefits

Feb 17, 2012
Whitney Houston's music has been all over radio and TV following her death. But her estate only profits when someone actually goes to iTunes or Amazon or a record store and physically buys her albums.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally discusses the driving forces behind his company’s turnaround and what makes Michigan unique. From Detroit to down South, where reality TV producers are mining the stories of rural folks. Food companies grapple with higher ingredient costs. Rising gas prices are likely to eat all of the payroll tax break. Britain and France are set to sign a nuclear energy deal. And hidden taxpayer costs in the mortgage settlement are emerging.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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