Jan 19, 2012

Marketplace for Thursday, January 19, 2012

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A drop in U.S. housing starts last December capped the worst year for home builders, but analysts expect a better 2012. AT&T has announced it will increase prices on data plans. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon explores what Kodak could have done differently to thrive. Apple is rapidly making its way into the classroom through its e-textbook devices. Meanwhile, some college dropouts are finding their ways back to getting a degree.

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Homebuilding ends bad year on upswing

Jan 19, 2012
Government data show that 2011 was the worst year on record for single-family home starts. Several analysts think 2012 will be better.
Government data show that 2011 was the worst year on record for single-family home starts. Several analysts think 2012 will be better.
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Some college, but no degree

Jan 19, 2012
Millions of students start school but never cross the finish line. A growing number of colleges and organizations are finding ways to bring them back.

Kodak files for bankruptcy

Jan 19, 2012
Kodak’s decline shows a failure to diversify in the digital age. Its main film rival, Japan’s Fujifilm, found a way to stay profitable.

Banks shrink and turn profits

Jan 19, 2012
Marketplace's Heidi Moore discusses what's significant about banks shrinking and reporting profits.

China's housing slowdown threatens economic growth

Jan 19, 2012
Concerned over the runaway growth of its housing market, China imposed new laws to slow speculation. But trying to curb a potential housing bubble may hurt the country's high growth.

Counting the costs of a digital classroom

Jan 19, 2012
While e-book technology can streamline education, struggling school districts could fall behind the digital divide -- as one former teacher discusses.

A drop in U.S. housing starts last December capped the worst year for home builders, but analysts expect a better 2012. AT&T has announced it will increase prices on data plans. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon explores what Kodak could have done differently to thrive. Apple is rapidly making its way into the classroom through its e-textbook devices. Meanwhile, some college dropouts are finding their ways back to getting a degree.

Music from the episode

Second Chance Peter Bjorn and John
Swagger Mocean Worker
Gold on the Ceiling The Black Keys