Marketplace for Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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No independent music label has done more to bring a lot of bands from obscurity to the top of the college charts than Merge Records. It was started 20 by two punk rockers, Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan. They talk with Kai Ryssdal.
Pfizer, Caterpillar, Wells Fargo and DuPont are among companies reporting better-than-expected profits this quarter. Analysts say there are more to come. Does good news for corporations mean a recovering economy? Alisa Roth reports.
Listeners let us know what they think of our coverage of checkout-line charity, Detroit supermarkets, New York City's Garment District, "The Tao of Wu" and shock advertising.
Half of America's private-sector workers don't get paid sick leave. So, even when they don't feel well and could infect others, many of them still show up at the office. And that's not what the doctor ordered. Curt Nickisch reports.
You might think that when the Dow Jones Industrial Average is climbing, news coverage would increase too. But that's not what a study found from the Pew Center's Project for Excellence In Journalism.
In the 1990s, most people didn't know the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's chairman was warning about derivatives and being ignored. Frontline's Michael Kirk reports on Brooksley Born's fight against Washington's economic establishment.