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Aug 13, 2010

Marketplace for Friday, August 13, 2010

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Marketplace for Friday, August 13, 2010

Segments From this episode

Lining up at the 'World of Harry Potter'

Aug 6, 2010
After five years in the making, "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is now open at the Universal theme park in Orlando. And it's drawing huge crowds. But the influx of guests is giving Universal a lesson in crowd control. Katie Ball reports.

Criticism over Germany's good economy

Aug 13, 2010
Germany reported its best set of economic figures in more than 20 years. It achieved this feat by doing what many countries can only dream of: exporting its way out of trouble. And how did the world respond to Germany's good fortune? With a hail of criticism. Stephen Beard explains.

Taxes on H-1B visas pay for border bill

Aug 13, 2010
President Obama signed a $600 million border security bill that will put more agents and equipment on the job along the Mexican border. But with the U.S. bank balance deeply in the red, where's that money coming from? According to the White House, from taxes on H-1B visas for skilled workers. Alisa Roth reports.

Murdoch plans tablet newspaper

Aug 13, 2010
Media magnate Rupert Murdoch says he plans to launch a digital newspaper made just for distribution on tablet computers like the iPad. Janet Babin reports.

'Eat Pray Love...' and shop!

Aug 13, 2010
"Eat Pray Love" is open in theaters, though I probably don't have to tell you that because the movie's being promoted like crazy. Oh, and there are the products: travel packages, clothing, prayer beads. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on how a book about one woman's quest to de-clutter her life has spawned a mega-marketing blitz.
Actress Julia Roberts attends the premiere of "Eat Pray Love" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Weekly Wrap: The fed and bonds

Aug 13, 2010
CNBC's John Carney from Reuters blogger Felix Salmon talk with Kai Ryssdal about whether they were surprised by the Federal Reserve's announcement that the economy is still stalling and the bond market.

Mortgage rates low, but housing stuck

Aug 13, 2010
Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland talks with Kai Ryssdal about why people aren't taking advantage of historically low mortgage rates, whether it's affecting home prices at all, and who is refinancing right now.
The shadow of a house key falls over a mortgage application form.
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Small talk: Gmail, face punch, soaps

Aug 13, 2010
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Dalasie Michaelis, Krissy Clark, and Stacey Vanek-Smith about stories involving Gmail, young men punching their co-workers in the face, and soap operas.

Music from the episode

The Sidewalk Cruise Cassettes Won't Listen
Smoke On The Water Pat Boone