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Aug 28, 2009

Marketplace for Friday, August 28, 2009

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Marketplace for Friday, August 28, 2009

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Small swap deals get radio sales power

Aug 28, 2009
If you think Craigslist or eBay are entertaining places to hock or buy wares, how about radio? Jennifer Collins previews shows around the country which provide an on-air yard sale. Also, she's selling some microphones in good condition.

China lights up hope for Big Tobacco

Aug 28, 2009
The FDA's first tobacco regulator will begin work Sept. 14. But Big Tobacco is looking to China's emerging market to keep profits smoking. China bureau chief Scott Tong explains to Kai Ryssdal how smoking is interwoven into Chinese life.

Is cable's win a loss for subscribers?

Aug 28, 2009
Two years ago, the FCC said a single cable provider can't serve more than 30 percent of the nation's subscribers. The cable companies sued, and today they won their case. Alisa Roth explores what this means for consumers.

Not a tranquil week for Wall Street

Aug 28, 2009
Kai Ryssdal gets a look at what happened in the markets the last full week of August with business writers Heidi Moore and Megan McArdle from The Atlantic magazine.

Take a fun flight with an economist

Aug 28, 2009
Economist Paul Kedrosky recently flew into Newark Airport and his flight was early. But rather than bask in his extra 15 minutes, he spent a long time trying to figure out why. He takes us on a logistical thrill ride.

Recession finally hits the farm

Aug 28, 2009
Up til now, farmers have survived the recession relatively unscathed. But according to a forecast by the U.S. Agriculture Department, farm profits will fall 38% this year. How will this play out at the grocery store? Jeff Tyler reports.

Consumers spending what they save

Aug 28, 2009
The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose in July, but household incomes were unchanged. Bob Moon reports a lot of the extra spending money is coming from our savings.

Small talk: Malibu sewage and Viagra

Aug 28, 2009
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano talk with fellow staffers Paddy Hirsch, Amy Scott and Phyllis Owens about under-the-radar business stories, including the "Viagra Effect" and Malibu's first town hall.

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