May 3, 2011

Marketplace for May 3, 2011

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Marketplace for May 3, 2011

Segments From this episode

Following the terrorism money trail

May 3, 2011
Osama bin Laden's death is expected to have an impact on terror financing. Matthew Levitt of The Washington Institute discusses how counterterrorism officials follow that money trail.
A Pakistani man reads a newspaper with the front page displaying news of the death of Osama bin Laden at a stall in Lahore on May 3, 2011. The U.S. closed two of its consulates in Pakistan to the public until further notice, a day after Osama bin Laden was killed near the capital Islamabad. U.S. officials are puzzled by the comfortable surroundings of the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden lived, and the fact that his presence in a fortified, upscale building did not attract Pakistani authorities' suspicions.
Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

The problem with cheap food

May 3, 2011
Soaring food prices have caused worldwide protests. But making food less expensive isn't the only solution.

Freakonomics: Is handing down a business good for business?

May 3, 2011
Family-firm succession is alive and well. But is it good for profits? Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner takes a look at why it happens -- and why it doesn't happen so much in the U.S.

Swiss freeze $1 billion in dictators' assets

May 3, 2011
Swiss banks say they have frozen almost $1 billion in assets from the former leaders of Egypt and Tunisia, as well as Colonel Gaddafi.

Fewer American homes own TV sets

May 3, 2011
TV ownership in the U.S. has fallen for the first time in 20 years due to poverty and the Internet. The young and restless watch TV online.
Joseph Cogel, 7, stares at a High Definition Plasma Television set in Miami, Florida. By February 2009, all but the smallest new televisions must be able to receive digital broadcast signals.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Geithner extends debt ceiling deadline

May 3, 2011
The Treasury Secretary can postpone the day of reckoning until August 2. Congress created the debt ceiling, but that ceiling has little to do with bigger issues like spending and taxation.

Levee breach spares town but douses harvest hopes for many farmers

May 3, 2011
The Army Corps of Engineers' move to blow up an agricultural levee saves Cairo, Ill., from flooding, but inundates prime growing land in Missouri, costing farmers hundreds of millions in losses.
A road passing under Interstate 55 is closed due to flooding on May 3, 2011 at Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Army Corps of Engineers yesterday blew a massive hole in a levee at the confluence of these two rivers to lower the river levels upstream and to help save the town of Cairo, Ill.
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Music from the episode

Pockets Four Tet
We Are Family Sister Sledge