May 13, 2008

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Economic indicator: Less cash

May 13, 2008
Wal-Mart says sales have started to follow the pay cycle -- trailing off as money runs out before the next paycheck comes. And Bank of America is seeing more people paying for basics with credit cards. Janet Babin reports on…

Suppliers come to small businesses' aid

May 13, 2008
Banks are reporting more loans to small businesses going bad. That means the small businesses left standing are having a harder time getting credit. And that hurts their suppliers. Jill Barshay reports on some creative solutions to keep business flowing.

Will China accept help for earthquake?

May 13, 2008
With the death toll from China's Sichuan Province earthquake at more than 12,000 and expected to rise, aid offers are coming in from around the globe. But will Beijing be receptive to assistance or choose to go it alone? Scott…

Networks to test new ways to connect

May 13, 2008
With television audiences declining, network executives are looking for ways to attract them -- and advertisers -- whether it be online, on screen or on our phones. Kai Ryssdal has more on some of the new steps they're taking.

How to allow innovation without abuse?

May 13, 2008
When Wall Street's best and brightest devise things like collateralized debt obligations and mortgage-backed securities in the good times, they're applauded. But when those things go bad, they get the blame. Bob Moon reports on balancing innovation and regulation.

Microlending needs bigger ideas

May 13, 2008
One of the most significant innovations for developing countries has been microfinance, giving small loans to poor entrepreneurs. Commentator and economist Dean Karlan says microlending is a valuable tool, but it needs more creativity to keep growing.

Letters from our listeners

May 13, 2008
Marketplace listeners give us some food for thought about agribusiness, online sales taxes, cement and the maturity level of Grand Theft Auto 4 players.

The terrible train rides of Mumbai

May 13, 2008
You think your commute is tough? Trying taking the train in Mumbai, India. Mehul Srivastava takes us along on the overcrowded and dangerous ride.