Jan 20, 2011

Marketplace for Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Marketplace for Thursday, January 20, 2011

Segments From this episode

Going home for Chinese New Year

Jan 20, 2011
China Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz chronicles the journey thousands of Chinese citizens take to return home for the Chinese New Year.

Health insurance for India's farmers

Jan 20, 2011
Some Indian farmers pay pennies for insurance that'll cover any surgery they have. Reporter Kavitha Cardoza takes a look at how this system works.

Playing video games can change the world

Jan 20, 2011
Author Jane McGonigal from the Institute For The Future talks with Kai Ryssdal about her new book, "Reality Is Broken," and the specific skills gamers develop that they can use to help solve real-world problems.

Wal-Mart gets healthy

Jan 20, 2011
The nation's biggest retailer unveils a five-year plan to put healthier packaged foods and more fresh produce on its shelves. That could mean big changes for growers, food manufacturers and consumers.

Upstart agency touts credible credit ratings

Jan 20, 2011
Building on his corporate-detective work, Jules Kroll launches a bond-rating agency to challenge big credit firms shamed by the mortgage bust.

Music album sales at historic low

Jan 20, 2011
Last week, Taylor Swift had the worst-selling number one album in the last 30 years. Now alternative band Cake tops the charts with just 44,000 copies sold.

The mafia's effect on the economy

Jan 20, 2011
Kai Ryssdal talks with Greg Smith, reporter at the New York Daily News, about the recession's effect on mob activities in light of the FBI's largest mob bust in history.

Music from the episode

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