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Nov 6, 2008

Marketplace Report for Thursday, November 6, 2008

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Artificial intelligence getting very real

Nov 6, 2008
What if computers became smarter than us? Yes, we know, you already saw that movie. But what if? Kai Ryssdal poses the question to Richard Dooling, author of "Rapture for the Geeks: When AI Outsmarts IQ"

Car makers put on push for more loans

Nov 6, 2008
Chief executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are on Capitol Hill desperately seeking federal loans. What would happen if lawmakers said no? Jeff Tyler reports on the issues facing the companies as they fight for their lives.

The decline of a once-popular security

Nov 6, 2008
Asset-backed securities have lost the appeal that sparked a $500 billion buying frenzy a year ago. Last month, only one $500 million deal closed. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports why this hurts the economy.

Where will Obama draw lobbyist line?

Nov 6, 2008
Bashing lobbyists on the campaign trail invariably got the crowd roaring for Barack Obama. That puts him in a post-election quandary, though. Some of the best resumes he's getting are from lobbyists. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Financial fallout in a Baltimore ER

Nov 6, 2008
Kai Ryssdal is in Baltimore where he spent an afternoon in the emergency room of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He found a snapshot of the local economy there.

Margin calls rock the market

Nov 6, 2008
The volatility in the market in the last few months can't all be blamed on what's happening to the economy. Also to blame: margin calls. As part of our "Marketplace Decoder" series, Bill Radke explains what those are.

Sprint puts NFL games on cell phones

Nov 6, 2008
If you are a Sprint customer, you can now see NFL football games on your cell phone. It is part of the wireless company's exclusive $500 million partnership with the league. Rico Gagliano reports.

New frugality shows up in retail figures

Nov 6, 2008
Retail sales for October hit their weakest levels in more than three decades, with luxury stores taking the biggest hit. Marketplace's Sam Eaton reports that there's a psychological shift underway that may reshape the retail landscape.

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