Marketplace for Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Apr 9, 2008

Marketplace for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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What's a bad loan go for these days?

Apr 9, 2008
Unconfirmed reports say Citigroup is close to selling $12 billion in loans, at a sizable loss, that it wants to get off its books. How much are bad loans worth and why would anyone buy them? Bob Moon reports.

American keeps canceling flights

Apr 9, 2008
American Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights today for safety checks on its planes, as part of the FAA's recent crackdown on airline safety. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on how much these cancellations will cost airlines and travelers.

Are you better off than 4 years ago?

Apr 9, 2008
A new survey says most middle-class Americans are worse off financially today than they were four years ago. Kai Ryssdal talks with David Leonhardt of The New York Times about the squeeze middle-class families are feeling.

Making public employees more public

Apr 9, 2008
A new website is posting the financial disclosure records that federal government employees in senior positions are required to fill out. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Iraq casualty: Your standard of living

Apr 9, 2008
The cost of the Iraq war is estimated at between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. But commentator Robert Reich says as big as that number is right now, it's going to hurt us more in the future.

Underground economy is booming

Apr 9, 2008
Best estimates are that about 15% to 20% of the world's economy happens off the books. Journalist Mischa Glenny takes a tour of the underground economy in his new book, "McMafia." He talks about it with Kai Ryssdal.

Another nail in newspapers' coffin?

Apr 9, 2008
Every year more advertising moves online and away from newspapers. And now there's a website that's aiming to bury newspapers' business in death notices. Curt Nickisch reports.

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The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah