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Marketplace for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Taxpayers helped bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and now after some strong earnings, they may start paying us back. Starbucks has joined forces with mobile payment company Square, which leads us to ponder about the future of cash. Campaign ads on local TV channels in crucial swing states are pushing out small businesses that rely on TV exposure. Oregon is embracing the new health care reform to give health care access to the poor and disabled without breaking the bank. Diet pill sales are actually hurting the weight loss industry. And Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner warns about the risky side of summertime fun.

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Final Note

Disney offers made-to-order princess dolls

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 8, 2012
Girls aged 3 to 12 can now have their likeness photographed and molded into an actual princess figurine.
Campaign Trail

Campaign ads crowd out local businesses on airwaves

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Aug 8, 2012
Small businesses are seeing higher TV ad rates, fewer time slots in key swing states.

A positive sign: Profits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

by Adriene Hill Aug 8, 2012
Rising home prices contribute to profits for the bailed-out mortgage lenders. Higher home prices should help the real estate market and homebuyers, too.

Is Starbucks moving toward a cashless future?

by Queena Kim Aug 8, 2012
Mobile payment firm Square will begin processing all credit and debit transactions at Starbucks. Could it signal the beginning of the end of cash?

Diet business losing weight

by Amy Scott Aug 8, 2012
Tough economic times and smartphone technology could trim diet industry earnings.
Freakonomics Radio

The dangers of summer fun

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 8, 2012
Some of America's favorite summertime activities may be fun, but they come with a lot of risks.

Money slang: Marketplace's urban finance dictionary

by Daryl Paranada Aug 8, 2012
Money, business, dollars -- all fine terms we use everyday, but boring! Here are some other ways to talk cash.

In Oregon, health reform is welcome

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 8, 2012
Oregon will take federal money to expand Medicaid, and try to cut costs too.

What reality TV can do for a CEO

by Stacey Vanek Smith Aug 8, 2012
Coincidence? The head of Chiquita is the third ousted CEO since 2011 to have appeared on “Undercover Boss.” Is the show a curse or a bonus?

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Tell Me Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Spilt Milk Dujeous
Second Chance Peter Bjorn and John
1517 The Whitest Boy Alive

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