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Marketplace for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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Greek P.M. George Papandreou surprised many by calling for a referendum on the eurozone decision reached last week. Bank of America is backing off its $5 debit card fee. Public television may get an all-pledge-drive channel. Commentator Kristina Wong wrote a letter to IBM's new female CEO. Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talked about what an election year has to do with deforestation and beer taxes. And longtime BBC contributor David Willis wondered if American optimism has disappeared after a long recession.

Segments From this episode

Freakonomics Radio

The unintended consequences of elections

by Stephen Dubner Nov 1, 2011
Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner discusses some of the strange side effects that happen around elections.
Greek Debt Crisis

The reasoning behind referendum politics

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 1, 2011
Taking a closer look at why Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou asked for a referendum on a eurozone deal made last week.

Hear me out, 'Big Pink'

by Kristina Wong Nov 1, 2011
IBM just appointed its first female CEO. Virginia Rometty takes over on January 1st. Commentator Kristina Wong has a few things to say to her.
Final Note

More on the MF Global bankruptcy

by Kai Ryssdal Nov 1, 2011
These final notes today, a couple of MF Global tidbits....

Banks roll back some fees

by Adriene Hill Nov 1, 2011
Bank of America is the latest big bank to cancel previously announced debit card fees.

Don't forget the American Dream

by David Willis Nov 1, 2011
Commentator David Willis says a series of financial crises have eroded American optimism, and risk killing the American Dream.

All pledge all the time

by Gregory Warner Nov 1, 2011
Public television introduces a cable station that airs nothing but pledge drives.
Greek Debt Crisis

Greece puts debt deal up for referendum

by Stephen Beard Nov 1, 2011
The fate of the euro hangs in the balance as Greece's prime minister asks his people to vote on the deal to solve the European debt crisis.

Music from the episode

Viva La Vida Coldplay
Welcome to the Jungle Vitamin String Quartet
Pockets Four Tet
Simply Put Georgia Anne Muldrow

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