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Dec 18, 2007

Marketplace for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007

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Fed offers new mortgage plan

Dec 18, 2007
The Fed's Board of Governors has endorsed new rules to protect home buyers from shady lending practices. But critics are wondering where the Fed's been since August. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

FCC OKs new media ownership rules

Dec 18, 2007
The FCC has voted to relax regulations on media ownership, allowing broadcasters to run newspapers in the top 20 media markets. A decision advocated by its chairman, Kevin Martin. However, as Lisa Napoli reports, we probably haven't seen the last…

There's always room for pet projects

Dec 18, 2007
The $516 billion federal spending bill OK'd by the House and now before the Senate funds 14 cabinet agencies and the war in Afghanistan. It's also got 9,000 earmarks in it. Jeremy Hobson has this holiday spending tale.

Inflation worries are the talk of China

Dec 18, 2007
The cost of food is rising in China and that's got everyone a little nervous. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to our Shanghai Bureau Chief Scott Tong about the country's inflation and how the government is trying to control the runaway…

Helping shoppers get their groove on

Dec 18, 2007
Department-store entertainment use to be a guy in a tuxedo tinkling the ivories. But with a stronger focus on young consumers, big retail shops are now bringing in DJs to get shoppers moving. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
DJ Liza Richardson spins at the Go (Red) for World AIDS Day held at the Emporio Armani store in Los Angeles.
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Making a hot stock out of Campbell's

Dec 18, 2007
At the time Doug Conant was hired as CEO of Campbell's, the world's biggest soup company had lost its way in selling soup. He talks with Kai Ryssdal about reviving an iconic brand in this latest installment of Conversations From…

Letters: You write 'em, we read 'em

Dec 18, 2007
Kai Ryssdal reviews your letters about gift cards, plug-in hybrid cars, eco-friendly Christmas tips, and denying "Der Bingle" his due.