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Feb 18, 2013

Marketplace for Monday, February 18, 2013

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On this President's Day holiday, we explore whether it's legal to use images of presidents for commercial purposes. Are you planning to eat some potatoes today? The state of Idaho is worried about knock-off potatoes, specifically from Turkey. Plus, we look at India's gun market, why it's so hard to refinance student loans, and how robots may steal our manufacturing jobs. Also, what would it take to get you to leave some change in the tip jar? A strategy to get people to leave that extra dollar.

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The lasting economic legacy of Lakers' owner Jerry Buss

Feb 18, 2013
L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss died today after battling cancer. He led the Lakers to 10 league championships and was also an innovative businessman.

In India, gun control is tight -- but the black market thrives

Feb 18, 2013
India is the world's second largest market for guns after the U.S. Gun control in India is tight, but the black market in arms flourishes. Some 85 percent of guns owned are illegally owned.

The economic benefits of mapping the human brain

Feb 18, 2013
President Obama wants to fund a project to look at how brain activity works. A decade of research could help create new devices and procedures.

The trouble with refinancing a student loan

Feb 18, 2013
So why can't students cash in on these crazy low interest rates, anyway?

Baristas take note! How to get more money in your tip jar

Feb 18, 2013
Every shop seems to have its own way of soliciting tips at the counter. But there might be only really good way to earn those extra dollars.

A robot for every job

Feb 18, 2013
How one little robot named Baxter could take over the last of America's manufacturing jobs.

Turkish firm moves to trademark Idaho's state name

Feb 18, 2013
It may sound like a Thanksgiving dinner food fight, but it's actually a serious battle over knock-offs. Potato-proud Idaho is fighting against Turkey, the country.

Why President's Day sales don't picture Ronald Reagan

Feb 18, 2013
Did you spot any sales using presidents to hawk their wares? Ever wonder if that's... legal?

On this President’s Day holiday, we explore whether it’s legal to use images of presidents for commercial purposes. Are you planning to eat some potatoes today? The state of Idaho is worried about knock-off potatoes, specifically from Turkey. Plus, we look at India’s gun market, why it’s so hard to refinance student loans, and how robots may steal our manufacturing jobs. Also, what would it take to get you to leave some change in the tip jar? A strategy to get people to leave that extra dollar.

Music from the episode

Use Your Brain The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Gouge Away Pixies
Wide Eyes Local Natives