Feb 24, 2010

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Natural gas incentives up against coal

Feb 24, 2010
President Obama is expected to unveil a proposal to encourage coal-burning power plants to switch to natural gas. But while prices for natural gas are dropping and it's still a cleaner option, coal is still cheaper. John Dimsdale reports.

Anthem to testify for premium raises

Feb 24, 2010
Executives from Wellpoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross, are testifying on Capitol Hill on Anthem's move to boost premiums of its California members. But Jeremy Hobson reports the bad PR might also be good for the company.

Olympics a surprising win for NBC

Feb 24, 2010
NBC is scoring a ratings win for its coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, beating top programs like American Idol most of last week. Steve Chiotakis talks to analyst Deena Myers about why the coverage was thought to be a gamble.

Bernanke returns to different hearing

Feb 24, 2010
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is facing lawmakers on Capitol Hill, now with his focus pulled away from defending his job. Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Gregory Warner about Bernanke's testimony.

Greeks in another nationwide strike

Feb 24, 2010
As many as 2 million workers in Greece are reported to have walked off the job today in the second workers' strike this month. Government pay cuts are to blame, but Stephen Beard reports Greece's spending cuts are only expected to deepen.

Alice.com will manage without markup

Feb 24, 2010
A new retail Web site offers drugstore products without retail markup or shipping costs. With a business model so generous to consumers, how does the site make money? Kaomi Goetz has the story.

Prof. to student: Get your s*** together

Feb 24, 2010
A student at NYU's Stern School of Business was frustrated when a professor told him to leave for being an hour late to class. He wrote the professor an e-mail . . . and got his own private lecture.

E.U. looks into Google's ranking system

Feb 24, 2010
The European Union has launched a preliminary inquiry into Google's search ranking system. Google's European competitors have egged the E.U. onto investigating the practices of the domineering search engine. Christopher Werth reports.

Reviewing NHTSA's role in Toyota recall

Feb 24, 2010
Toyota's president will be apologizing to Capitol Hill for his company's part in producing faulty cars. But the hearing will also focus on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's role in the recall. Gregory Warner reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC