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Marketplace for Thursday, June 13, 2013
Jun 13, 2013

Marketplace for Thursday, June 13, 2013

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You think our housing collapse was bad? Try thinking about what the homesteaders went through 100 years ago. Our series looking at the consumer economy continues. Also, the Supreme Court decides that human genes can't be patented. 

Segments From this episode

Caffeine withdrawal is officially a mental health disorder

Jun 13, 2013
The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual now lists caffeine withdrawal.

100 years ago, a boom and bust fed by hope and greed

Jun 13, 2013
Railroads lured homesteaders to Montana with ads that made the dry plains look like lush English countryside. Banks offered easy money, the settlers loaded up with loans -- and drought set in.

Report: To save for retirement, never stop working (no, this isn't an Onion headline)

Jun 13, 2013
Can we really save for retirement in this consumer economy? There's plenty of advice. Try to follow it.

Can my DNA be patented? No, say justices

Jun 13, 2013
The Supreme Court’s ruling appears to be a serious blow to the business model of bringing to market products derived from naturally occurring DNA.

Turkey's economic growth cuts both ways for Erdogan

Jun 13, 2013
Turkey's economy under prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has grown steadily, giving him the support of many businesses.

Father of modern 401(k) says it fails many Americans

Jun 13, 2013
Ted Benna was a pension consultant who noticed a new tax code provision, K, added to Section 401. He never intended the retirement plan that resulted to replace pensions or become so complicated.

You think our housing collapse was bad? Try thinking about what the homesteaders went through 100 years ago. Our series looking at the consumer economy continues. Also, the Supreme Court decides that human genes can’t be patented. 

Music from the episode

This American Life (Instrumental) - Instrumental THE NEXT, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique
This American Life (Instrumental) - Instrumental THE NEXT, Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique