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May 20, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

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Senate looks at commodity speculation

May 20, 2008
In the last five years, the amount of money invested into commodities has grown 20-fold. Now, Congress will explore what effect that's having on consumers and if lawmakers need to take action. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Consumers flying an unfriendly sky

May 20, 2008
Every year, a survey comes out on airline customer satisfaction -- and for the most part, there isn't any this year. Alisa Roth reports what else it would take to make airline passengers happier.

Giving away more than just money

May 20, 2008
Some investors gather to eat and talk about growing their investments. A giving circle gathers to discuss who should get money being given away. Heidi Pickman reports from one circle in Palo Alto, California.

Managing a national debt addiction

May 20, 2008
While congressional negotiators build a federal budget for 2009, a group of bipartisan budget experts are launching a campaign to wean the government off what they call a debt addiction. John Dimsdale reports.

Seeds of change for E.U. farm subsidies

May 20, 2008
The E.U. is unveiling its latest proposals for farm subsidy reform. Stephen Beard reports the plan is to redirect and not reduce funds, and also ending the practice of paying farmers to leave land fallow.

Green businesses still save green

May 20, 2008
The Environmental Defense Fund is using a new report to try and re-inspire businesses to make efforts to go green. Sarah Gardner has more on the small moves some companies are making that are saving them millions.

Lebanese look to cross border

May 20, 2008
Scores of Lebanese citizens continue to leave or plan to leave the country after the latest wave of violence. Renita Jablonski talks to journalist Ben Gilbert in Beirut about the country's continuing trend of emigration.

More housing bailout could come

May 20, 2008
Congress may be close to finishing a new housing bailout bill which would insure $300 billion more for mortgage refinancing and be kinder to taxpayers by making lenders like Freddie Mac cover defaults. Dan Grech has more.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC