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Marketplace for Friday, May 11, 2012

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The Facebook “highlight” feature will allow users to pay a couple of bucks to promote their status updates in their friends’ timelines. This week’s Weekly Wrap focuses on the news from JPMorgan about its $2 billion loss. A new obesity drug is in line for approval by the FDA and many say that’s key for health care cost savings. Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, wants to become the leader in renewable energy. Kai Ryssdal talks to Andrew Wallenstein from Variety magazine about the upfronts and the television ad industry. And it’s the 100th birthday of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Segments From this episode

Weekly Wrap: JPMorgan, what happened?

by Kai Ryssdal May 11, 2012
Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: Oh how the might have fallen -- JPMorgan's $2 billion loss.

Letters: Electric cars, sustainability, and attitudes toward the rich

by Kai Ryssdal May 11, 2012
Kai reviews listeners from our listeners this week.

Diet drugs make a comeback

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 11, 2012
It has been more than a decade since the Food and Drug Administration approved a new pill to fight fat. Now, as the obesity problem grows, several new medicines could be on the way.
Small Talk

Small Talk: Birthday clown, the oldest booze cruise?

by Marketplace Contributor May 11, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: 'Official' Dodgers fan ganja, recreating the world's oldest beer and Dominic Deville, the scary Swiss birthday clown.

The lowdown on this season's network upfronts

by Kai Ryssdal May 11, 2012
Variety's Andrew Wallenstein talks about the big trends on television next fall.

A century of the Beverly Hills Hotel

by Adriene Hill May 11, 2012
Hollywood's famous pink palace turns 100 and tries to maintain its celebrity in a town of new faces

Facebook offer: Pay $2 to promote your posts

by Sally Herships May 11, 2012
As Facebook looks for new sources of revenue, it targets users who may want more attention and better placement for their posts.

Saudi Arabia goes solar

by Eve Troeh May 11, 2012
The world's largest oil exporter isn't necessarily concerned about saving the planet. It's about being able to export even more crude.

Music from the episode

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Dig A Little Deeper Peter Bjorn and John

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