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Marketplace PM for October 11, 2006
Oct 11, 2006

Marketplace PM for October 11, 2006

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Lots of empty corner offices

Oct 11, 2006
Outplacement firm Challenger Gray and Christmas says 2006 has been huge year so far for CEO departures. Last month, a record 152 chief execs left their posts.

Housing prices vs. costly commutes

Oct 11, 2006
Would you choose a cheaper house if you knew you'd have to pay more to get to work? A new study suggests that's a choice most low-income families have to make — and transportation costs add up fast. Amy Scott reports.

Take the politics out of the money

Oct 11, 2006
Members of Congress are back in their districts campaigning hard, many on the dime of lobbying groups after not passing any lobbying and ethics reform. Commentator and consumer advocate Jamie Court says it all comes down to getting what you pay for.

Fighting for their right to parle français

Oct 11, 2006
In Algeria, many parents send their children to private schools to learn in French, which is better for business than Arabic, but the government's threatening to shut them down if they won't teach in the national language. John Laurenson reports.

This final note today . . .

Oct 11, 2006
I'll admit I'm sort of a minimalist when it comes to my cell phone. I haven't got any special ringtones, which makes me a bad consumer in the eyes of the wireless industry.

Backdating scandal claims McAfee, CNET execs

Oct 11, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal talks to University of Delaware's Charles M. Elson about the options backdating scandal that's erasing profits, spurring government investigations and sending corporate leaders packing.

Fuzzy deficit math?

Oct 11, 2006
The federal budget deficit fell to $247.7 billion in 2006, the smallest amount of red ink in four years. The White House today trumpeted the improvement, but critics say the numbers aren't exactly black and white. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Are we growing at an unsustainable rate?

Oct 11, 2006
Soon the U.S. population will hit 300 million. For some, the milestone is cause for celebration, but others say unwelcome social and economic consequences are emerging along with all those people. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Helping the world see

Oct 11, 2006
Vision problems affect hundreds of millions in the developing world, yet the issue remains largely out of public sight. There are some low-cost solutions though, Rachel Dornhelm reports.