Dec 9, 2010

Marketplace for Friday, December 9, 2010

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Marketplace for Friday, December 9, 2010

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Mayan farmers struggle to grow corn

Dec 9, 2010
Within a few decades, corn crops in Tabi, Mexico went from abundant to sparse. Indigenous farmers there feel real change in the climate and want governments to help them cope.

How philanthropic is 'prize philanthropy'?

Dec 9, 2010
Giving and volunteering leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling, but for companies that do the same, it may give them a whole lot of free publicity.

Chinese tech IPOs are hot, but risky, investments

Dec 9, 2010
Two Chinese Internet companies debuted as IPOs on Wall Street, one which have yet to turn a profit. Marketplace's Steve Henn reports.

NYC private hospitals to get big bill for ambulances

Dec 9, 2010
In the latest effort to get local government spending down, New York City wants private hospitals to pay up to $1 million a year to have their ambulances respond to 911 calls. Stacey Vanek Smith reports on how this will affect residents.
An ambulance is parked in front of St. Vincent's Hospital on April 7, 2010 in New York City.
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How good the 'Giving Pledges' really may be

Dec 9, 2010
A few of the super rich around the world are pledging to contribute a majority of their wealth to charities and nonprofits. But most of that wealth is in investments -- so how good are these pledges?

Large health insurers banding together to gain influence

Dec 9, 2010
The nation's largest health care insurers played a big role in the shaping of the health care reform. Now they may be banding together -- against smaller companies -- to influence how the laws are implemented.

How the tax cuts will help create jobs

Dec 9, 2010
President Obama has insisted that the compromise he made extending Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits will be good for the economy. But if it's just extending the situation we've had for the past 10 years, how could that be? John Dimsdale explains.

To give or not to give: It's all about the brain

Dec 9, 2010
As we continue our week on philanthropy, commentator and author Jonah Lehrer takes a look at how we decide to give to others. He finds it has a lot to do with emotional response, and what our brains can handle.

Music from the episode

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