Dec 18, 2009

Marketplace for Friday, December 18, 2009

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Marketplace for Friday, December 18, 2009

Segments From this episode

The best business books of 2009

Dec 18, 2009
Marketplace commentators name their favorite finance and business books from the past year. Plus, see Kai Ryssdal's list of top books and his interviews with their authors.

Agreement reached at climate summit

Dec 18, 2009
A "meaningful agreement" was reached as the UN climate conference wrapped up. European correspondent Stephen Beard talks with Kai Ryssdal about what that agreement entails and what happens next.

A climate of survival vs. self-interest

Dec 18, 2009
Regardless of the outcome from the climate conference in Copenhagen, all the players there will be dealing with one major concern that isn't going away. Sam Eaton explains.

Sizing up the excess Christmas trees

Dec 18, 2009
Christmas trees are essentially recession proof, but it's still been a rough year for the industry. Some Oregon farmers are trying to make the best of it. Amelia Templeton reports.

Weekly Wrap: Health of the big banks

Dec 18, 2009
Fortune Magazine's Leigh Gallagher and The Big Money's Heidi Moore talk with Kai Ryssdal about what's going on with the big banks, and whether we have missed our chance to regulate them.

Positive signs in tech company sales

Dec 18, 2009
Earnings at top technology companies like Oracle and RIM, the makers of the Blackberry, have been better than expected. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports investors are hopeful businesses are finally starting to spend money again.

A new twist on holiday bonuses, parties

Dec 18, 2009
The economy is changing the way businesses and employees celebrate the holiday season. Adrienne Hill reports people are thinking creatively as they scale back.

Small talk: Dickens, Wal-Mart, wrestling

Dec 18, 2009
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Rod Abid, Deb Clark and Stacey Vanek-Smith about under-the-radar business stories involving Charles Dickens' toothpick, Wal-Mart's site-to-store shipping, and Obama wrestling.

Music from the episode

Mr. Policeman Rick James
Still Hard Times David "Fathead" Newman