Jan 25, 2008

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Harley-Davidson profits hit lower gear

Jan 25, 2008
America's largest motorcycle company learned an object lesson in the trickle-down effects of a slowing economy. Its profits downshifted 26 percent in the 4th quarter. Danielle Karson reports.

Workers may be sticking to unions again

Jan 25, 2008
A new report says union membership in the United States is up very slightly. Nobody's calling it a trend just yet, but Marketplace's Steve Tripoli found some interesting things in the numbers.

Merger talk takes wing in slow economy

Jan 25, 2008
Fears of a recession seem to be solidifying aviation merger talk. Kai Ryssdal talks about the latest rumors with Marty Moylan, who covers the airline industry for Minnesota Public Radio.

Stimulus package is not a done deal

Jan 25, 2008
Leaders of both parties in the House say they're on board with a proposed economic stimulus package worked out with the White House. Despite the bipartisan talk, there are plenty of potential short-circuits left. John Dimsdale reports.

It's not a stimulus, it's deficit spending

Jan 25, 2008
The proposal for the $150 billion stimulus package has Washington basking in bipartisanship. But commentator Andrew Samwick says the pricetag for all that collegiality might be too high.

Week on Wall Street

Jan 25, 2008
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.

Gates to give millions for small farmers

Jan 25, 2008
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has announced his foundation is going to provide $360 million to small farmers in Africa and other parts of the developing world to help them work their way out of poverty. Gretchen Wilson reports.

EMI's bands are on the run

Jan 25, 2008
Ever since the private-equity group Terra Firma bought troubled British recording giant EMI last summer, it's cut costs and 2,000 jobs. Some of its biggest stars have joined the exodus, too. Stephen Beard reports.

Music from the episode

Legal Man Belle & Sebastian
Kt Bexar Bexar
Close to Me - Remastered The Cure