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Marketplace for Friday, May 3, 2013
May 3, 2013

Marketplace for Friday, May 3, 2013

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What do you do if you're a lobbyist and want to create a message for an audience of one? Get creative, apparently. We look at the unexpected ways interest groups have gotten the eye of the White House. In housing news, big investors have been snapping up foreclosed homes and turning them into rentals. But, now some of those investors are hoping to capitalize on their bottom feeding – and share the spoils with the general public – by going public.  

 

 

Segments From this episode

The story of the first email spam message

May 3, 2013
It happened 35 years ago.

Positivity in the April jobs report?

May 3, 2013
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the economy added 165,000 jobs last month, beating analyst expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent, the lowest since December of 2008.

Wall Street revives foreclosed homes as rentals

May 3, 2013
Big investors have been snapping up foreclosed homes and turning them into rentals. Now some of those investors are hoping to capitalize on their distressed buys -- and share the spoils with the general public -- by going public.
A 'bank foreclosure sale' sign is posted in front of townhomes on August 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

How lobbyists get the attention of the White House

May 3, 2013
There is no shortage of interest groups trying to catch the attention of the president and White House advisers, but it can be a tough slog. A look at the unexpected ways lobbyists go about pitching the president.

Surrounded by wolves in a North Dakota oil town

May 3, 2013
A young woman takes action to feel safe in an oil boomtown filled with lonely and sometimes aggressive men.

NRA's charity trains a whole new generation of gun owners

May 3, 2013
As the NRA hosts its annual meeting in Houston, a look at its charitable programs for shooting sports. Fundraisers for "Friends of the NRA" have seen record crowds.

Google's Ray Kurzweil on the computers that will live in our brains

May 3, 2013
Futurist Ray Kurzweil pushes for far-out technological advances to become reality. Now at Google, he says search has much further to go. In 20 years, our brains will be indexed and online.

At Oyler School, prom is more than a party

May 3, 2013
When a high-poverty school in Cincinnati added a high school seven years ago, prom was essential.
Crystal Kornegay, Prom Queen 2013, checks out her royal hairdo.
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What do you do if you’re a lobbyist and want to create a message for an audience of one? Get creative, apparently. We look at the unexpected ways interest groups have gotten the eye of the White House. In housing news, big investors have been snapping up foreclosed homes and turning them into rentals. But, now some of those investors are hoping to capitalize on their bottom feeding – and share the spoils with the general public – by going public.  

 

 

Music from the episode

Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars) Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars