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Even your medicine isn't immune to counterfeiters

| Apr 18, 2006
As Chinese president Hu Jintao visits the US this week, Marketplace's special series on intellectual property piracy continues with a look at how counterfeit pharmaceuticals have entered the American supply chain.

Big quake, tiny bank change course of consumer lending

| Apr 18, 2006
After the 1906 earthquake, most banks sealed up their vaults fearing their money would burn. But Bank of Italy founder "A.P." Giannini carted his money down to the wharf, slapped a plank across two pickle barrels and handed out loans. Or so the legend goes. Amy Scott reports.

Saving a building worth its weight in gold

Kai Ryssdal | Apr 18, 2006
On the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake, writer Michael Castleman tells host Kai Ryssdal how workers at the city's mint averted a financial disaster for ravaged city.

Piracy has long been a dickens of a problem

Stephen Beard | Apr 18, 2006
The United States may be pointing the finger at China over piracy, but as Stephen Beard reports, the US has its own piracy skeletons in its closet.

New Orleans could learn from San Francisco quake

| Apr 18, 2006
Historian John Steele Gordon says the lessons from the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 could help avoid mistakes in the rebuilding of New Orleans.

What's the ceiling on oil prices?

| Apr 18, 2006
Not so long ago, $70 oil seemed unfathomable. Now, we're back there for a second time in a eight months. What's changed? Carola Hoyos, energy correspondent for the Financial Times in London, explains.

Black-owned businesses on rise

Hilary Wicai | Apr 18, 2006
The Census Bureau keeps track of who owns what business in this country.A report out today says that in 2002 there were 1.2 million black-owned businesses. That's a 45% increase since 1997. Hillary Wicai reports.

Business before politics for Chinese leader

Jocelyn Ford | Apr 18, 2006
Hu Jintao arrives in the US today -- his first visit as Chinese president. He'll be getting a taste of American business and politics. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

Reading the Fed's tea leaves

Alisa Roth | Apr 18, 2006
The Federal Reserve is expected to release minutes from it most recent meeting today, and analysts are expected to pore over the text to find insight into the thinking of new Fed chief Ben Bernanke. Alisa Roth reports.
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SEC looks out for Tyco investors in settlement

| Apr 18, 2006
Some may call Tyco's agreement with the SEC to pay $50 million to settle charges stemming from $1 billion accounting scandal a slap on the wrist. But as Cheryl Glaser reports, the agency doesn't want to punish shareholders twice.