Mar 28, 2008
Marketplace for Friday, March 28, 2008
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Companies that haven't traditionally done much in debt markets are now finding themselves caught up in the liquidity squeeze. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on how the credit crunch might catch some companies unaware.
Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporting country to one with a critical food shortage -- all of which will play into Sunday's presidential election. Marketplace's Africa correspondent Gretchen Wilson talks with Kai Ryssdal about the nation's crisis.
We all know companies often outsource work to contractors to cut costs. Even governments do it. But federal auditors now say the Defense Department counts on outside contractors too much Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
The biggest radio company in the nation was supposed to have been bought out by a couple of private equity firms this month for $20 billion. But Clear Channel says the deal might collapse due to the shaky credit markets. Jill Barshay reports.
Confidence in the dollar and the U.S. economy is generally shaky throughout the rest of the world, as the pain from Wall Street's excesses in subprimes continues to spread. Stephen Beard reports on America's least popular export.
When a new set of ethics laws goes into effect in Louisiana this weekend, politicians are going to have to start toeing the line. The Bayou State has a long history of questionable relationships between businessmen and politicians. Kate Archer Kent reports that the new governor's trying to change that.