Aug 12, 2008

Marketplace Report for Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Marketplace Report for Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Bumper corn and soy crops predicted

Aug 12, 2008
Grain prices could fall as farmers are on pace to produce some of the largest corn and soy crops in history. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon asks if that means lower consumer prices.

Farmer fields questions on crop report

Aug 12, 2008
Host Kai Ryssdal goes right to the source to talk about the government's latest crop survey and its prediction for a bumper corn harvest. An Illinois farmer gives his take on the news.

Campaign TV spots become a bargain

Aug 12, 2008
TV stations have slashed the price of advertising because companies that traditionally buy commercials have cut back spending. That means cheaper airtime for political ads. Steve Henn has the story.

Are corporate tax breaks now ho-hum?

Aug 12, 2008
The GAO report out today says that two-thirds of companies operating in the U.S. aren't paying taxes. So, where's the outrage? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Italian vintner pairs wine with jazz

Aug 12, 2008
A bottle or two of vino might just have you singing. That's probably why an Italian wine maker is using song to promote its product--and it's hitting all the right notes. Megan Williams has the story.

Letters from our listeners

Aug 12, 2008
Host Kai Ryssdal reads listener comments on a few of our recent stories. This week, listeners wrote about the cost of fighting wildfires, geriatric medicine and conservative economic policies.

The roots of Russia's hostility

Aug 12, 2008
Commentator Marshall Goldman says that Russia doesn't care if the rest of the world thinks it's a bully for attacking Georgia and threatening European oil supplies. She tells us why.

Russia's next target is its grain industry

Aug 12, 2008
Russia apparently wants to be a superpower again, and the plan looks to be government control over its natural resources -- first oil, now grain. Stephen Beard reports the story.

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