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Jul 9, 2012

Marketplace for Monday, July 9, 2012

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Fender, the guitar-maker famous for its rock star customers, is going public. Two of the largest health care companies are joining together in a $5 billion merger, showing that Medicaid is becoming big business. Pro sports teams are trying to…

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BET CEO Debra Lee on television for a black audience

Jul 9, 2012
The CEO and president of BET Networks discusses television programming for African Americans, and the role of the network in today's media sphere.

The downfall of innovation at Microsoft

Jul 9, 2012
Microsoft used to be the tech industry leader, now it's playing catch up. Kurt Eichenwald has written about the state of the company in the August issue of Vanity Fair.

WellPoint gears up for Medicaid bonanza

Jul 9, 2012
The giant health insurer will acquire competitor Amerigroup Corp. for nearly $5 billion in a bid for more Medicaid business.

The 'Moneyball' of baseball ticket pricing

Jul 9, 2012
Pro sports teams now use dynamic pricing to keep pace with ticket brokers like StubHub.

Two thirds of Americans aren't economically mobile

Jul 9, 2012
A new study from Pew's economic mobility project finds that only about one third of Americans have achieved a better economic position than their parents.

How many work emails do you get a day?

Jul 9, 2012
Someone actually came up with an average amount.

Made in N.Y.: How the power lunch was spawned

Jul 9, 2012
Lunch is the meal most associated with the workday -- and work. How the power lunch came to be, and where it might be headed.
The Four Seasons in midtown Manhattan became a well-known spot for the "power lunch" during the '70s and '80s.
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Guitar-maker Fender helps to revive IPO market

Jul 9, 2012
Fender Musical Instruments, whose electric guitars fueled the rise of rock and roll, is going public to tap new music markets in India and China.

Fender, the guitar-maker famous for its rock star customers, is going public. Two of the largest health care companies are joining together in a $5 billion merger, showing that Medicaid is becoming big business. Pro sports teams are trying to take back control from ticket agents like StubHub. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald about how the competition that once trailed Microsoft successfully knocked the company from the top spot. Debra Lee, the CEO of BET Networks, talks about programming television for an African American audience. And reporter Stacey Vanek Smith looks at the history of the power lunch.

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