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Maryland to Wal-Mart: Provide healthcare!

Helen Palmer | Jan 13, 2006
Maryland just passed a bill mandating that big employers provide healthcare to workers - or pay the state. Of the four companies in Maryland that fit the bill, only Wal-Mart doesn't already offer healthcare to virtually all workers. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.
Posted In: Health

The crowded race for majority leader

John Dimsdale | Jan 13, 2006
The field of Representatives vying for Tom Delay's old job as House majority leader grew today. Arizona Rep. John Shadegg entered the race, joining contenders Roy Blunt and John Boehner. In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, all 3 are vowing to reform lobbying practices established by Delay. John Dimsdale reports.

Inflated fears about inflation?

| Jan 13, 2006
The Labor Department announced today that the Producer Price Index, which tracks what manufacturers and stores pay, climbed 5.4% last year - the biggest jump in 15 years. So why is Gus Foucher of Moody's so calm?
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Math is fun

| Jan 13, 2006
Writer and commentator Peter Coy waxes rhapsodic about the joys of "doing the numbers."

David Johnson checks in

| Jan 13, 2006
Dallas stockbroker checks in with host Cheryl Glaser about the week on Wall Street.
Posted In: Wall Street

Profile: Chinese autoworker

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 13, 2006
Jocelyn Ford recently spent the day with a worker at an autoparts factory in Chongqing, China. She's a 35-year-old grinding machine operator working at Duke Industries. She lives in a small 2-bedroom apartment, but she's dreaming big...

Briseno family follow-up

Hilary Wicai | Jan 13, 2006
More than 2200 American troops have died, and another 16,000 have been wounded, since the Iraq war started. Advances in medical technology mean that more and more of those wounded survive. That's creating a growing pool of injured veterans who need extensive, and expensive, long-term care. Much of the responsibility for that care is falling on relatives. From the Marketplace Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai checks in with a family we first met a year and a half ago.

Chongqing is the biggest city in the world (on a technicality)

Nate DiMeo | Jan 13, 2006
The other night I was in a cab on the elevated highway that bisects Shanghai. It was the last night of the third and final trip I've made to the...
Posted In: China

Looking for spiritual direction

Jocelyn Ford | Jan 13, 2006
OK, so some Chinese are getting rich. But what do you do once you have it all? In the boomtown of Shenzen, just across the border from Hong Kong, Jocelyn Ford found some residents who are looking for more out of life than money.

Meet the Gao Family: Part V

Scott Tong | Jan 13, 2006
This week we're profiling a middle class family in Shanghai. Today, we meet He Yuexian, the 72-year-old grandmother. In her life, her wealth rose and fell with decisions by Communist master planners. What's her take on China's new middle class? Scott Tong reports.