Dec 23, 2008

Marketplace for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008


Marketplace for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008

Segments From this episode

Portland retailers stuck in the cold

Dec 23, 2008
It's been a dismal holiday season for retailers. Consumer spending is down, and the bad weather isn't helping matters. Mitchell Hartman reports on how business owners in Portland are coping with a chilly holiday shopping season.

Colombia wants share of Starbucks

Dec 23, 2008
Starbucks hasn't had it so easy lately. The coffee giant recently announced it's closing 600 stores and its stock prices are down. Now, coffee growers from Colombia are after the espresso king. Dan Grech reports.

What if the Big 3 declared bankruptcy?

Dec 23, 2008
Christmas came early for the Big 3 when the White House announced it would bail out the troubled automakers. But how would bankruptcy compare to the government rescue? Tess Vigeland speaks with bankruptcy expert Douglas Baird.

Legal aid funding on the decline

Dec 23, 2008
Lowering interest rates is supposed to help boost the economy. But it's also jeopardizing funding for legal aid groups that provide free services to the poor. Jeff Tyler reports on how this is affecting the growing number of people who seek legal aid help.

New York couple has different worries

Dec 23, 2008
Sarah and Brian Epstein are in good financial shape. For that, they're grateful. But as Sally Herships reports, having money in this financial climate doesn't mean the Epsteins don't have worries of their own.

Letters: Auto industry and philanthropy

Dec 23, 2008
Listeners respond to the auto industry news that has dominated the headlines recently and also weigh in on philanthropy trends.

Finding the poetry in finance

Dec 24, 2008
Katy Lederer found inspiration for the poems in her latest book from an unusual source -- finance. Tess Vigeland speaks with the former hedge fund recruiter about her poetry.

Music from the episode

Exzebache Tommy Guerrero
Shout Tears For Fears
Sakhalim Cul De Sac
Harmony Hall Vampire Weekend