Feb 8, 2012

Marketplace for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the state legislature is failing to fully fund public education. Cracks were found in a number of Airbus A380 wings. Commentator Robert Reich talks about the GOP's argument that President Obama is turning America into a "European-style welfare culture." Freakonomics Radio explores one unintended consequence of the economic downturn -- our waistlines. And Kai Ryssdal plays 'PAC Name Fever' with the Marketplace staff.

Segments From this episode

Colorado's battle over school funding

Feb 8, 2012
A district court has ruled that the state's public schools are so underfunded they can't meet the Colorado's own education standards. But the legal battle is just the beginning. A real solution may depend on taxpayers.

Let's play PAC Name Fever!

Feb 8, 2012
It's our first (and probably last) edition of PAC Name Fever, the super PAC name game where you decide whether they're real or fake.

Play the Super PAC Name Game!

Feb 8, 2012
Is that a Super PAC or a Britney Spears movie? Marvel over this list of the most obscure Super PAC names and create your own with the Super PAC Name Generator from WNYC

Airbus finds cracks in new A380

Feb 8, 2012
The airplane manufacturer plans for costly fix to the mega-jumbo jet.

Social networks spawn online dating sites

Feb 8, 2012
Badoo has 137 million users. Tapping that dating network comes with a caveat: Your Facebook friends may learn you’re in the market.

The unintended consequences of the recession

Feb 8, 2012
The decline in smoking among Americans may have contributed to rising obesity levels -- could the recession also be affecting people’s waistlines?

The GOP candidates largely agree on what ails the country

Feb 8, 2012
But commentator Robert Reich says they miss the cause.

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the state legislature is failing to fully fund public education. Cracks were found in a number of Airbus A380 wings. Commentator Robert Reich talks about the GOP’s argument that President Obama is turning America into a “European-style welfare culture.” Freakonomics Radio explores one unintended consequence of the economic downturn — our waistlines. And Kai Ryssdal plays ‘PAC Name Fever’ with the Marketplace staff.

Music from the episode

Honey I Sure Miss You Daniel Johnston
Prove It Television
Love Is The Drug Roxy Music