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Jul 9, 2008

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 9, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Segments From this episode

Expand unemployment insurance now

Jul 9, 2008
Congress has just extended unemployment benefits 13 additional weeks, but most people don't qualify for benefits these days. Commentator Robert Reich says the guidelines to qualify for unemployment insurance should be loosened.

Doctors, insurers split over Medicare

Jul 9, 2008
Some doctors are threatening to stop seeing Medicare patients if Congress goes through with cutting doctors fees more than 10 percent. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports both sides of the debate have taken to the TV airwaves.

Public fears of sovereign wealth funds

Jul 9, 2008
A group of sovereign wealth funds gathered today in Singapore to address peoples' concerns that government-backed investments are politically motivated. John Dimsdale reports why these funds pose a dilemma for the U.S.

U.S. food aid policy isn't helping

Jul 9, 2008
The U.S. is the world's largest food donor, but because the food needs to come from U.S. suppliers and transport, a great deal of the aid ends up wasted. Sam Eaton reports some are calling for White House reforms.

New media seeking day in the sun

Jul 9, 2008
Media titans are in Idaho this week for the 25th Sun Valley conference, but the same old big media isn't making money like it used to. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports it may be time for media Web sites to shine.

Iran jitters unlikely to stop oil drop

Jul 9, 2008
Despite oil rising on concerns over Iran's missile testing, it still saw a significant drop yesterday of about $5 a barrel. Stephen Beard reports the price could drop even further once Iran anxiety passes.

Truvia a sweet option for diet soda

Jul 9, 2008
The no-calorie sweetener Truvia hits the markets today, and Coca-cola is already planning to produce diet sodas with it in the future. Alisa Roth has more on how other beverage makers may or may not use the sugar alternative.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC