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President Obama lays out his latest thinking on how to reduce the government's role in the mortgage market. Since the financial crisis, it's been dominated by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also, it's the 'day after' in the Washington Post newsroom. Jeff Bezos’s purchase of the newspaper for $250 million raises the question of just what does he get for the money. And finally, the Obama administration is counting on an army of influencers to get everyone signed up on the exchanges. How's that going?

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Customers like Jeff Bezos also bought ...

Aug 6, 2013
Last year, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos spent at least $42 million on a 200-foot clock being built in Texas.

Jeff Bezos' prime target: Prestige?

Aug 6, 2013
What does Jeff Bezos get out of his purchase of the Washington Post for $250 million? (Besides a struggling media business, of course).

Can you buy a house without Fannie Mae?

Aug 6, 2013
President Obama proposes phasing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to shift mortgage-market risk from taxpayers to private banks

Help! I want to sign up for Obamacare

Aug 6, 2013
The Obama administration is counting on an army of these folks to get everyone signed up on the exchanges.

Subcompact cars and the income divide

Aug 6, 2013
As breaking into the middle class becomes harder, car companies are finding new ways to attract an expanding base of less-affluent consumers. They're offering more small car models with better features than ever before.
Edgar Perez sells cars at Bunnin Chevrolet in Culver City, California. Perez owns a compact car and says he'll keep buying small cars even after he gets his MBA. 
Jolie Myers/Marketplace

Online summer school: It's still school

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Aug 6, 2013
School budget cuts are wiping out traditional summer school programs, so more students are turning to the web.

Brazilian banks lead way on biometrics

Aug 6, 2013
Despite the high cost, biometrics actually saves the banks money by reducing fraud and eliminating other problems that first world nations don't face.

IPO boom another sign of economic recovery

Aug 6, 2013
As more companies rush to go public, signs point to a healthier economy.

Dinosaur bones for sale, at auction

Aug 6, 2013
Auction house plans to sell the bones of two fighting dinosaurs.

President Obama lays out his latest thinking on how to reduce the government’s role in the mortgage market. Since the financial crisis, it’s been dominated by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also, it’s the ‘day after’ in the Washington Post newsroom. Jeff Bezos’s purchase of the newspaper for $250 million raises the question of just what does he get for the money. And finally, the Obama administration is counting on an army of influencers to get everyone signed up on the exchanges. How’s that going?

Music from the episode

Money The Drums
God Made the World Cold Cave
Cissy Strut The Meters
Cissy Strut The Meters