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Being in a successful rock band may be great for your personal finances, but getting there can be expensive. Kai Ryssdal talks to Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie about the music business and the band's new single on the 'Twilight' soundtrack.
With national debt reaching doomsday figures, the U.S. sure could use a hero. And commentator Todd Buchholz says that hero may be a vigilante riding in from the Far East -- in the form of Chinese leaders concerned about their investments.
Chile's economy has become much more consumer-centric over the past few years, and Chileans are slipping into American-like personal debt patterns. Annie Murphy explores how Wal-Mart stands to benefit from Chileans' debt cycles.
Before the financial crisis, real estate investors saw potential profits everywhere. Now their properties aren't worth what they sold for, and it's turning into a problem for middle- and working-class renters. Alisa Roth reports.
When it comes to online drug ads, the Food and Drug Administration hasn't quite figured out the rules on getting out the warnings. So drug companies, Internet companies and regulators are meeting in Washington. Jeremy Hobson reports.
The Obama administration is looking for ways to bring down record government deficits, and it's reportedly considering TARP. Not all of the bank bailout money has been spent. John Dimsdale explains how it might work.
Next month, President Obama will host an employment summit at the White House to find new ways to get Americans back to work. Steve Henn talks to experts and explores how the administration might be able to do this successfully.
Marketplace for Thursday, November 12, 2009