Aug 26, 2009

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Kennedy focused on common people

Aug 26, 2009
Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday at 77, was a man of privilege who dedicated himself to defending opportunities for workers, students and the sick. Marketplace's John Dimsdale takes a look back at Kennedy's economic philosophy.

GM upsets Germans over Opel deal

Aug 26, 2009
The German government has given its blessing and a promise of $6 billion in financing to assist General Motors in selling its Opel division to a Canadian parts maker with Russian backing. But GM is balking. Stephen Beard reports.

Site shows donations, lawmakers' votes

Aug 26, 2009
Do political contributions affect how lawmakers vote? A new online tool allows users to draw their own conclusions by putting donations from interest groups up against a calendar of Capitol Hill legislators' votes. Jeremy Hobson reports.

High-speed trading goes off the Street

Aug 26, 2009
Stock traders are always looking for ways to get a leg up on the competition. Jill Barshay reports that today it's all about two things: speed and location.

How long can banks 'delay and pray'?

Aug 26, 2009
Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Senior Business Correspondent Bob Moon about a risky strategy by banks to put off dealing with the toxic assets that mucked up the economy and are still on their balance sheets.

My sobering summer road trip

Aug 26, 2009
Even on vacation, economists can't help themselves: They think about money. Commentator Robert Reich tells us what his recent road trip with his son taught him about the state of the U.S. economy.

Sneaker marketing tries a smaller size

Aug 26, 2009
Some sneaker makers are giving national advertising campaigns the boot. To get more traction, they are increasingly turning to a tactic known as hyper-local marketing. Curt Nickisch reports.