Dec 23, 2010

Marketplace for Thursday, December 23, 2010

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Marketplace for Thursday, December 23, 2010

Segments From this episode

High-tech robotics change disabled children's lives

Dec 23, 2010
YokyWorks is a nonprofit that develops useful contraptions for disabled children. Marketplace's Steve Henn talks to the founder of the nonprofit and sees a YokyWork gadget at work.

Getting used to dimmer, but more energy-efficient LED holiday lights

Dec 23, 2010
Bright lights may be a key part of people's holidays, but tight budgets are pushing many people and municipalities to use LED lights. For a slightly dimmer Christmas tree, you can save a lot on your electricity bill.

Investors more confident about retail companies

Dec 23, 2010
Investors, like private equity firms, are eyeing companies like Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts. Prices are still low and there's signs that the economy is slowly, but surely, in recovery.

Giving what you can to charity

Dec 23, 2010
Like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Toby Ord is promising to give most of his wealth away during his lifetime. But unlike Zuckerberg, Ord is not rich. The university researcher earns just a bit more than Britain's average wage. Stephen Beard reports.

Increasing Internet use means higher energy costs

Dec 23, 2010
People rarely think about how much energy they're using to look up directions on their smartphone or a quick factoid on their netbook. But Internet-related energy use is rising rapidly in the U.S.

Health care: End-of-the-year checkup

Dec 23, 2010
Marketplace's health reporter Gregory Warner talks with Kai Ryssdal about the tumultuous year in health care -- whether the recent court case in Virginia is taking health care off track, what's being done to control costs, and what we can expect in 2011.

EPA to establish new greenhouse gas rules

Dec 23, 2010
Congress failed to pass a climate change bill this year, so the EPA is taking charge. The agency announced it's going to start coming out with new rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions next year. Scott Tong reports.

Music from the episode

Doctor! Doctor! Thompson Twins
Satori a Paris Marc Grau
Reality RJD2