Mar 12, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, March 12, 2012

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At the end of March, funding for more than 100,00 highway and transit projects dries up unless Congress can agree on an extension. We get another look at people struggling one year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. And NBC experiments with a new kind of 'Must See TV,' stacking its Monday night line up.

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Funding cuts stall long-term transportation projects

Mar 12, 2012
The Senate is likely to pass an extension of the federal transportation spending bill this week. But it will only fund highway and transit projects for two years. Most generally take five years.

NBC bets on stacked Monday night programming

Mar 12, 2012
NBC has lagged in the ratings. Once a Thursday superstar, the network is placing its bets on Monday night with “The Voice” and “Smash.”

The problem with today's blockbusters

Mar 12, 2012
The new Disney movie "John Carter" took in just $30 million over the weekend -- a disappointing opening for a movie that cost a quarter of a billion dollars to make. How has the world of blockbusters changed?

Building skyscrapers at record speed

Mar 12, 2012
A new 30 story building in China went up in just two weeks. How is this possible and more importantly, how can it be safe?

Genetic testing gaining popularity, dropping in price

Mar 12, 2012
A study by the UnitedHealth Group released this morning says we spent about $5 billion on genetic tests in 2010 and could spend $25 billion by the end of the decade.

PODCAST: A Hollywood flop, a booming transit system

Mar 12, 2012
At the end of March, funding for more than 100,00 highway and transit projects dries up unless Congress can agree on an extension. We get another look at people struggling one year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. And NBC experiments with a new kind of 'Must See TV,' stacking its Monday night line up.
Commuters ride in a metro train in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2011. Public transit usage is on the rise in the U.S.
JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

The growth of the genetic testing industry

Mar 12, 2012
A new study that predicts that Americans could be spending $25 billion a year by the end of this decade on genetics testing. It's believed that the prospect of being able to sequence whole genomes at an affordable cost now is really a gamechanger.

Families in Japan inching towards recovery after Fukushima

Mar 12, 2012
It has been a year since the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. And the economy there is finally starting to look better, but many families are still struggling to regain their former lives.

Many pushing back against EU carbon tax

Mar 12, 2012
Europe's biggest airlines say a new European tax on the carbon dioxide coming out their jet engines is a bad idea.

Mass transit on the rise, even before high gas prices

Mar 12, 2012
The American Public Transportation Association says transit ridership around the country is at its second highest level since the 1950s. Ridership jumped 2.3 percent last year.

Japan's economy, one year later

Mar 12, 2012
Today the Bank of Japan is holding a meeting to talk about monetary policy for the third largest economy in the world, one year after the earthquake tsunami and nuclear disaster there.

At the end of March, funding for more than 100,00 highway and transit projects dries up unless Congress can agree on an extension. We get another look at people struggling one year after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. And NBC experiments with a new kind of ‘Must See TV,’ stacking its Monday night line up.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC