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Marketplace for Monday, October 31, 2011

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It's Halloween, but after a surprise snowstorm and subsequent power outages, some on the East Coast may have to cancel holiday festivities tonight. Kodak is selling off its digital camera patents. MF Global may go bankrupt, while Nabors oil company gives its outgoing CEO a $100 million severance package. Commentator Chris Roberson explained why he thinks the super committee is missing the 'super' part. And Napa has become known for welcoming migrant workers.

Segments From this episode


Gridlock Eraser. Budget Swallower. Debt Silencer.

by Chris Roberson Oct 31, 2011
What if the super committee had actual superpowers, like in a comic book?
Economy 4.0

What's behind the new measure of poverty?

by David Brancaccio Oct 31, 2011
Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio discusses the Census Bureau's new nuanced measurement of poverty and how it gives us a better understanding of who's poor.
Final Note

A warning about black licorice

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 31, 2011
This final note today, in which I stand up for what really counts as licorice and what doesn't. It comes by way of an FDA report that adults over...

Napa wineries pitch in to house workers

by Jeff Tyler Oct 31, 2011
Wine growers in Napa, Calif., are clubbing together to provide some of the best farm worker housing in the country -- and finding it makes good business sense.

Soda advertising bubbling up

by David Gura Oct 31, 2011
Soda marketers are pushing more soda ads online and on TV with blacks and Hispanics being major targets, according to a report form the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Oil exec gets severance payout -- for staying

by Stacey Vanek Smith Oct 31, 2011
As Occupy Wall Street protests bemoan executive pay, Nabors Industries' chairman gives up CEO role and gets $100 million severance-like payment.

MF Global files for bankruptcy

by Marketplace Staff Oct 31, 2011
The firm's failure shows what happens when a company is small enough to fail. It also stands as a warning about the effects of overexposure to European debt.

Halloween disrupted by East Coast snowstorm

by Marketplace Staff Oct 31, 2011
The surprise snowstorm this weekend cut power to a number of towns on the East Coast, pushing many to decide to postpone Halloween festivities out of fear for safety. One Connecticut couple describes the scene in their town.

Music from the episode

(Don't Let Them) Cool Off Peter Bjorn and John
Call It What You Want Foster The People
Paper Planes - DFA Remix M.I.A.

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