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Marketplace for Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014

Marketplace for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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We figure out what comprises the stolen passport business, from point of theft to point of sale, by  looking at the players, the costs and the business of dealing in stolen passport papers. Also: Senate Banking Committee leaders came out with plans to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bipartisan plan calls for a private reinsurer to step in, and be on the hook for at least 10 percent of any losses on mortgate debt. And since it’s TV pilot season, we look at the practice of the "pilot pre-nup" -- agreements between stars and studios. They do one episode, and if it’s not picked up, the developer and the star are paid off.

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It's almost spring. Time to dig.

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Take note: 'The web' is not 'the Internet'.

Mar 11, 2014
And the web is turning 25.

Being middle class in Pakistan

Mar 11, 2014
Author Haroon Ullah talks about his new book 'The Bargain from the Bazaar'

Star in a TV pilot? You should sign a pre-nup

Mar 11, 2014
It's pilot season in Hollywood, and the best deals are put-pilot commitments.

A plan to wind down Fannie and Freddie

Mar 11, 2014
Senate leaders have a bipartisan blueprint for getting government (somewhat) out of the housing market.

Tin: The modern world's glue

Mar 11, 2014
The element that brought us beyond the Stone Age.

Big shot directors are making indie films for Prada

Mar 11, 2014
Just about every major fashion house has a short indie film, and they're hiring top directors like Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola.

Our national menswear nightmare is over

Mar 11, 2014
Men's Warehouse will pay $1.8 billion for Jos. A Bank

The life of a stolen passport

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Mar 12, 2014
How stolen passports get from owner to impostor owner

We figure out what comprises the stolen passport business, from point of theft to point of sale, by  looking at the players, the costs and the business of dealing in stolen passport papers. Also: Senate Banking Committee leaders came out with plans to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bipartisan plan calls for a private reinsurer to step in, and be on the hook for at least 10 percent of any losses on mortgate debt. And since it’s TV pilot season, we look at the practice of the “pilot pre-nup” — agreements between stars and studios. They do one episode, and if it’s not picked up, the developer and the star are paid off.

Music from the episode

Who David Byrne, St. Vincent