Mar 22, 2011

Marketplace for March 22, 2011

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Marketplace for March 22, 2011

Segments From this episode

Freakonomics: Putting out a fire before it starts

Mar 22, 2011
A new kind of cigarette could help drop the rate of deaths-by-fire to zero.

How state-controlled media work in Libya and the Arab world

Mar 22, 2011
Professor Marwan Kraidy discusses the effectiveness of government-controlled media in Libya and the current media landscape in Egypt.

Is the United States losing its competitive edge?

Mar 22, 2011
Education advocates point to a recent spate of test scores that show the United States falling behind other nations. But what's the real story?

Japan tourism hit by earthquake, nuclear leak

Mar 22, 2011
Tourism brings billions of dollars annually to Japan, but many visitors are staying away after the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear leak.

U.S. costs for Libya could rack up fast

Mar 22, 2011
The Pentagon is going to have to ask Congress for emergency funding if U.S. expenses top $1 billion. That could happen in as little as a month. The question is, will Congress go along?

Treasury to sell its mortgage-backed securities

Mar 22, 2011
The U.S. Treasury is to sell $142 billion of mortgage-backed securities it bought during the financial crisis. Will the sale boost mortgage rates?
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American meat and vegetables could be a hot commodity in Japan

Mar 22, 2011
Food safety concerns means the Japanese could import more produce and meat products from the U.S., despite Japan's protectionist agriculture policy.