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Nov 26, 2012

Marketplace for Monday, November 26, 2012

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Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest retail days of the year, we explore what’s in a name when it comes to shopping. Bob Moon reports on the similarities and differences between a corporate raider and an activist investor. California businesses are becoming easy marks for plastic thieves looking to make a profit. The Wealth & Poverty Desk kicks off its series on labor and Walmart with a look at the temporary staffing agencies contracted by the retailer to distribute goods. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Jean-Jacques Dethier of the World Bank about which James Bond movie villain’s plan would have actually worked.

Segments From this episode

Canadian Mark Carney to lead Bank of England

Nov 26, 2012
Carney was most recently the governor of the Bank of Canada.

If it's Monday, name that shopping day

Nov 26, 2012
Branded shopping days clutter the week that starts on Thanksgiving eve. With so many gimmicks, what’s the value of each one?

It doesn't (always) pay to be a Bond villain

Nov 26, 2012
No one's ever accused a Bond villain of being subtle -- but could their plans to topple the economy actually work?

FBI uses social networking to track suspects

Nov 26, 2012
Fraudsters beware, the FBI is giving a new meaning to "following" a suspect.

SEC: Watchdog or lapdog?

Nov 26, 2012
With Mary Schapiro stepping down as chairwoman, how effective is the SEC in policing securities markets?

Plastic's fantastic for thieves in California

Nov 26, 2012
Thieves steal millions of dollars of plastic pallets and milk cases from businesses. Sold to recyclers, the plastic is then used to make new pallets and milk cases.

Corporate raiders morph into nice(r) guys

Nov 26, 2012
Carl Icahn used to buy companies and break them up. These days, he’s an activist investor, using large stakes to influence corporate strategy.

Workers protest pay, conditions at Walmart warehouses

Nov 26, 2012
Critics say a system of contracting out warehouse operation and hiring allows discounters to avoid responsibility for workers.

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest retail days of the year, we explore what’s in a name when it comes to shopping. Bob Moon reports on the similarities and differences between a corporate raider and an activist investor. California businesses are becoming easy marks for plastic thieves looking to make a profit. The Wealth & Poverty Desk kicks off its series on labor and Walmart with a look at the temporary staffing agencies contracted by the retailer to distribute goods. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Jean-Jacques Dethier of the World Bank about which James Bond movie villain’s plan would have actually worked.

Music from the episode

The Holograms Fol Chen
Yet Again Grizzly Bear
Pyramids Frank Ocean