May 14, 2009

Marketplace for Thursday, May 14, 2009

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Marketplace for Thursday, May 14, 2009

Segments From this episode

Americans need more help to move up

May 14, 2009
The American Dream is grounded in the idea that all hard-working people can climb the ladder to a better life. But commentator John Morton says that today too many Americans, particularly those on the bottom rung, remain stuck.

Preakness may run off to different track

May 14, 2009
The Preakness Stakes filed for bankruptcy in March ahead of its 134th running, and where the race will take place in the future is anything but a sure bet. But Maryland officials are taking the uncertainty in stride. Joel Rose…

What General Motors has left to do

May 14, 2009
General Motors has about two weeks before it reaches a government deadline to get smaller or file for bankruptcy. So what's the plan? Kai Ryssdal talks to General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson.

Californians facing landmark decisions

May 14, 2009
As California voters prepare for a special election next week to try to balance their state's budget, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing putting a few state landmarks up for sale. Jennifer Collins reports.

Even the Fed may face stress tests

May 14, 2009
Some unlikely political allies are pushing a piece of legislation that calls for a full-scale audit of the Federal Reserve and its 12 regional banks. Steve Henn reports what would be involved in a stress test for the Fed.

With factory jobs gone, couple retools

May 14, 2009
When Jim and Ginger Buford got factory jobs right out of high school in Toledo, Ohio, they were told they'd have it made until retirement. But the factories closed and they've had to learn new skills -- not easy at…

Why we're actually 'In the Money'

May 14, 2009
It may seem a little off-key to play "We're In The Money" when the markets go up slightly right after a big collapse. But Nate Dimeo explains why the song actually fits right in with our current economic problems.

Music from the episode

Ball and Chain Social Distortion
Penny & Jack The Essex Green

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