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Jan 6, 2009

Marketplace for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Segments From this episode

Putting the bad numbers into context

Jan 6, 2009
Numbers released today show that November wasn't a good month for factory orders or home sales. Both fell. But there is a little bit of good news in the services sector. Bob Moon reports on the latest numbers.

Europe low on fuel without Russian gas

Jan 6, 2009
The dispute between Russia and Ukraine is heating up. While the two countries fight over the price of natural gas and an unpaid bill, several European nations are caught in the middle. Stephen Beard reports that many nations are warning of fuel shortages.

Cheap oil puts Venezuela over a barrel

Jan 6, 2009
High oil prices have kept Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez popular over the years. But with oil prices falling and a stack of bills piling up, the Venezuelan economy is at risk of collapsing. Dan Grech reports.

A look inside Countrywide

Jan 6, 2009
Countrywide Financial is arguably the company at the heart of the mortgage financial crisis. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Countrywide's former Senior Vice President of Marketing Adam Michaelson about his experiences at the company.

Asphalt shortage makes recovery rough

Jan 6, 2009
President-elect Obama wants to spend nearly $300 billion on infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost the ailing economy. But road and bridge repairs will require a lot of asphalt, and as Joel Rose reports, a shortage of it could spell trouble.

Letters: Astrology, retirement, priorities

Jan 6, 2009
Listeners had strong reactions to stories about astrology and retirement in the Marketplace mailbox this week. Also, Kai Ryssdal tells us that FDIC isn't really an acronym at all.

Peer pressure pushes people to go green

Jan 6, 2009
A growing body of research shows the most effective way to get people to go green is not through do-good appeals, but rather peer pressure. Sarah Gardner reports on the latest research findings.

Music from the episode

Ain't No Sunshine - J. Rocc Remix Kashmere Stage Band
Santeria Sublime
Everywhere Common, Martina Topley-Bird
Swan's Splashdown Perrey and Kingsley