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Mar 5, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Business class can fly for companies

Mar 5, 2009
Hiring a private jet is generally looked down upon as bad form for companies who have received a buyout. Ronni Radbill explores the fine line between what's considered frivolous business travel when it comes to taxpayer money.

Venezuela now nationalizing food

Mar 5, 2009
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez seized control yesterday of a factory owned by U.S. agriculture giant Cargill. The nationalization move was an attempt to control skyrocketing food prices in the country. Dan Grech reports.

The blogosphere is angry over AIG

Mar 5, 2009
Many bloggers are expressing anger over the bailout of AIG and the vague consequences foreboding if taxpayers don't help. Bill Radke checks in with Marketplace online host Scott Jagow, who has gotten a bit angry about it himself.

Rate cut expected for Bank of England

Mar 5, 2009
Economists are expecting the Bank of England to cut its interest rates by a half of a percent today, and will also likely announce its intention towards quantitative easing. Christopher Werth explains what that means for the bank.

Competition big for new venture capital

Mar 5, 2009
A business plan competition in San Francisco will award $25,000 in prize money and professional coaching to the entrepreneur with the winning idea. And with new venture capital in short supply, competition is fierce. Bob Moon reports.

Dubai transitions from luxury to loss

Mar 5, 2009
Until recently, Dubai had been famous for its luxurious properties and man-made islands. But some property owners in the city now consider themselves ruined. Stephen Beard reports what's been causing Dubai to fall.

GM says bankruptcy a possibility

Mar 5, 2009
In an SEC filing, General Motors said this morning that bankruptcy is a real possibility if it cannot stop the financial bleeding and generate some cash. Bill Radke discusses what else GM fears with TheDetroitBureau.com's Paul Eisenstein

Government can be main student lender

Mar 5, 2009
The Obama administration wants to phase out private subsidies in student loans, leading the college-bound to borrow directly from the Department of Education. Bill Radke discusses the idea with economics correspondent Chris Farrell.

He's fighting on the planet's side

Mar 5, 2009
Captain Planet and the Planeteers taught kids in the early 90's that they had the power to save the Earth. And an environmental Web site is aiming to introduce the animated series to a new eco-conscious generation. Jennifer Collins reports.

How much for a piece of Gandhi?

Mar 5, 2009
Though not one for the way of material things, the few possessions Mahatma Gandhi left behind are being auctioned off today in New York. This has drawn strong protest from India. Jeremy Hobson reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC