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Mar 21, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 21, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 21, 2008

Segments From this episode

The economy is a funny thing after all

Mar 21, 2008
While getting his PhD in economics, Yoram Bauman discovered how to approach the subject from a humorous side. Scott Jagow talks to him about his career as the world's premiere stand-up economist.

Future cars in a present recession

Mar 21, 2008
The New York Auto Show opens today, and there will be a lot of talk about cars of the future. Janet Babin reports playing with the balance sheet is might be all U.S. automakers can do to weather an economic…

Dogs on the uptick in NCAA

Mar 21, 2008
The Drake Bulldogs are a potential Cinderella story in the NCAA tournament this year, which could mean big money for their school. Dan Grech reports on the possible increases in merchandise sales and out-of-state applicants.

Discounts can't prevent retail pinch

Mar 21, 2008
Off-price retailers are set to release earnings reports next week, and they may be starting to feel the pinch of recession. Sally Herships reports analysts have high hopes, but even discount retail might suffer.

The long journey into Taiwan

Mar 21, 2008
Getting across the Taiwan strait these days is a major hassle, even though there's plenty of business back and forth. Scott Tong recreates the journey of one American businessman who travels almost all day to get to his destination.

Earmarks create a Web collapse

Mar 21, 2008
A new online earmark tracking system shut down the day requests were due because of an overload of traffic. John Dimsdale reports this could be an indicator of the House's inability to track and prioritize these projects.

Starbucks suit tips in baristas' favor

Mar 21, 2008
Starbucks baristas in California have won $100 million in back tips from a class-action lawsuit forbidding supervisors to share lower-level employee gratuity. Dan Grech reports where baristas draw the rank lines.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC