Jan 24, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HTML EMBED:
COPY

As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address this evening, it seems likely that political gridlock will continue in Washington, D.C. Debt talks continue in Greece, and the country is taking some steps to boost revenue. Reporter Amy Scott looks at what higher education actually teaches students. And the American TV show 'Pimp My Ride' has big fans in Morocco.

Segments From this episode

What is an effective tax rate?

Jan 24, 2012
News is out this morning that Mitt Romney's effective tax rate is around 14 percent. But that's a different tax rate calculation than the one you're probably familiar with.

PODCAST: Tax returns and golden arches

Jan 24, 2012
As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address this evening, it seems likely that political gridlock will continue in Washington, D.C. Debt talks continue in Greece, and the country is taking some steps to boost revenue. Reporter Amy Scott looks at what higher education actually teaches students. And the American TV show 'Pimp My Ride' has big fans in Morocco.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has released his tax returns.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Will Congress get anything done in 2012?

Jan 24, 2012
As President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Congress seems poised for a political stalemate.

Retrofit buildings more eco-friendly than 'green' construction

Jan 24, 2012
A new study shows that re-using an old building almost always saves more energy than framing up a new one.

Measuring what college students actually learn

Jan 24, 2012
A new initiative calls on colleges and universities to ask and answer the question, “Are students learning?” at their institutions. It’s a question that employers ask about college graduates all the time.

How Mitt Romney's tax rate stacks up

Jan 24, 2012
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has finally released his tax returns. How does he compare to the average millionaire, and the average American?

Space weather has economic impacts on earth

Jan 24, 2012
Rough space weather is leading some flights to change their course, and experts on the lookout for power outages.

The 'Occupy Igloo' movement

Jan 24, 2012
Tomorrow, global leaders will descend on the snow-covered ski town of Davos in Switzerland. Protestors from the Occupy Movement have set up camp there.

Martha Stewart sued by Macy's over JCPenney deal

Jan 24, 2012
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is being sued by Macy's. The department store says its exclusive agreement to sell a line of Stewart's merchandise was violated when Stewart announced a deal with JCPenney.

What to expect in the State of the Union

Jan 24, 2012
What economic issues will President Obama likely mention in his State of the Union address?

Solar flares can cause communication problems

Jan 24, 2012
The biggest solar storm in more than six years is blasting the earth with radiation today.

What millionaires pay in taxes

Jan 24, 2012
Mitt Romney has revealed his tax returns, but how does that compare to others who earn around the same amount of money?

'Pimp My Ride' has its fans in Morocco

Jan 24, 2012
Customizing cars is becoming a major craze in Morocco after the American television show “Pimp My Ride” wins many fans.

Greece takes creative measures to pay off debt

Jan 24, 2012
To prove to its creditors that it is serious, Greece has released a list of tax evaders, and is opening up national monuments to film crews.

As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address this evening, it seems likely that political gridlock will continue in Washington, D.C. Debt talks continue in Greece, and the country is taking some steps to boost revenue. Reporter Amy Scott looks at what higher education actually teaches students. And the American TV show ‘Pimp My Ride’ has big fans in Morocco.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC