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Marketplace PM for July 20, 2007
Jul 20, 2007

Marketplace PM for July 20, 2007

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Segments From this episode

This is your brain on Harry Potter . . .

Jul 20, 2007
Some Harry Potter fans have been trying to find advance copies of the latest book on the black market. Which got The Marketplace Players thinking about how the series is addictive -- really addictive.

Stop America's farm socialism

Jul 20, 2007
Debate continues in Congress on the $250 billion farm bill. On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee voted to end payments to the wealthiest farmers. Commentator Stephen Moore says it's a small step in the right direction.

In Singapore, it pays to procreate

Jul 20, 2007
Faced with a falling birthrate, Singapore has taken an unusual approach to pushing couples down the path of having babies. Rachel Louise Snyder reports.

Week on Wall Street

Jul 20, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson talks with host Kai Ryssdal about Wall Street's record-setting week and what may lie ahead.

Student borrowers may have it easier

Jul 20, 2007
The Senate has passed the Higher Education Access Act, which would direct more money to grants and student aid. If approved by the president, it's expected to make paying for college easier for students. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Were hedge funds' investors misled?

Jul 20, 2007
Now that Bear Stearns has told investors in two of its high-profile hedge funds that their money's essentially gone down the subprime drain -- all $1.5 billion -- threats of lawsuits are flying. Alisa Roth reports.

Publishers close book on signing parties

Jul 20, 2007
Once upon a time, publishers would go the extra mile to help their first-time writers. But no longer. Sally Herships reports that the book party, which used to be a staple of the publishing industry, has largely vanished.

Finding a few cracks in banks' earnings

Jul 20, 2007
The country's big banks are making big money. Citigroup, Wachovia, Bank of America and SunTrust have reported strong profit growth. But a closer look shows some cracks in the system. Amy Scott reports.

Music from the episode

I Don't Want to Get Over You The Magnetic Fields
Fuck This Shit Belle & Sebastian
Naked As We Came Iron & Wine
My Name Is Buddy Ry Cooder