Feb 23, 2011

Marketplace for February 23, 2011

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Marketplace for February 23, 2011

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The making of a Russian blockbuster drug

Feb 23, 2011
Not long ago, Arbidol was considered a nearly useless drug. Now, it's a best seller, and a symbol of Russia's efforts to build its pharmaceutical industry, at any cost.

How to fix Social Security

Feb 23, 2011
Commentator Robert Reich says there's one way to keep Social Security financially solvent. And it doesn't involve cutting benefits or raising the retirement age.

Luxury shoppers make a comeback

Feb 23, 2011
As the recovery gets underway, retail's high-end starts doing better than its low-end. Case in point: Saks Fifth Avenue.
Shoppers flow in and out of Saks Fifth Avenue department store December 27, 2009, in New York City.
David Goldman/Getty Images

Middle East populations want end to corruption

Feb 23, 2011
In Middle East nations such as post-Mubarak Egypt, people who have suffered decades of corrupt autocratic rule now want to root out corruption.

Will protests spread to Saudi Arabia?

Feb 23, 2011
As protests ripple across the Middle East, all eyes are on Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil producer. Energy expert Amy Jaffe from Rice University talks about the potential for unrest in the country and the challenges it faces.

Letters: Wisconsin, living near public transit

Feb 23, 2011
Listener responses from recent Marketplace stories. This week: coverage of the Wisconsin union rights debates, the NHL lockout and the trend of moving closer to public transportation.

Music from the episode

Big in Japan Alphaville
Pockets Four Tet
Westworld Japancakes