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Marketplace for Friday, November 30, 2012

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The Weekly Wrap talks about the stalemate in Congress over the fiscal cliff. A strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has entered its fourth day. Meanwhile, FedEx and others that hire large amounts of seasonal workers can’t find enough people to fill the jobs. The gaming company Zynga has loosened its ties with Facebook, but both companies see this as a positive. Rob Schmitz takes a look at China’s sex shops and the role they play in couples’ love lives. And Eve Troeh explores why reality shows these days have become so niche.

Segments From this episode

Final Note

The Romneys love McDonald's

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 30, 2012
The late George Romney had a card entitling him to free burgers for life.

Strike at Los Angeles ports starts to back up commerce

by David Weinberg Nov 30, 2012
Already the strike has idled thousands of trucks and trains that take containers from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to factories and distribution centers.

Where do these crazy reality shows come from?

by Eve Troeh Nov 30, 2012
Almost any kind of job can become the basis of a reality show, television producers say. Competitively growing beards. Grooming possums.
The Street of Eternal Happiness

Adult accessories on the Street of Eternal Happiness

by Rob Schmitz Nov 30, 2012
Amid the street's noodle stands, one store dispenses sex aids and advice for shoppers in this conservative culture.

Facebook and Zynga retool their relationship

by Queena Kim Nov 30, 2012
The game company and the giant social network loosen the ties that have bound them.

Shippers still seeking seasonal workers

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 30, 2012
Online retailers and shippers say that despite high unemployment, they have unfilled temporary positions.
Fiscal Cliff

Congress continues back-and-forth over fiscal cliff

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 30, 2012
The Weekly Wrap talks about the latest fiscal cliff discussions and the roles of the debt ceiling and the markets.

Drought not over for those on the Mississippi River

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 30, 2012
The Mississippi River hovers at record lows as a result of the drought in the Midwest. It could soon mean big problems for the shipping industry on the river.

Music from the episode

Make The Road By Walking Menahan Street Band
Motion Sickness Hot Chip

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