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Fabricating a future in Swaziland

| Aug 22, 2005
China and the US may sign a big textile agreement next month. Other countries have textile industries at risk, too — and it's all they can do to keep investors from pulling up stakes and leaving. Megan Williams has our story.

Short stories, teeny price

| Aug 22, 2005
Today a gallon of gas or fancy cup of coffee costs about three bucks. But you can get a short story from Amazon.com for just 49 cents. Marketplace's Hillary Wicai eyes the cheap download offer.

Seeing gold in the golden years

| Aug 22, 2005
Senior citizens have become a consumer force to be reckoned with — but no one likes to be told a certain product is perfect for them just 'cause they're older. Blaine Branchik tells host Kai Ryssdal that selling to seniors has always been tricky.

Puggle, Malt-a-Poo, Labradoodle

| Aug 22, 2005
Breeders are coming up with endless variations of designer hybrid dogs. Most of us just call 'em mutts — but these pups come with a pedigree-style pricetag. Mhari Saito reports.

Reading the Big Mac index

| Aug 22, 2005
How much does the famous McDonald's hamburger cost in countries around the world? The Big Mac Index shows Latin America is a cheaper place to live than the US. But Claudio Loser with the Inter American Dialogue looked at it another way: how long does it take to earn enough to buy a Big Mac?

Computer science: calling all women

| Aug 22, 2005
It's back to the school today at many universities, where young men and women will be filling classrooms. Except maybe in the computer science department — where there just aren't that many women. Sam Eaton reports.

How one big investor thinks

| Aug 22, 2005
Yale University's chief investment advisor David Swensen has made the school $8 billion in twenty-plus years, with an average annual return of 16 percent. Lisa Napoli asks him: What's your secret?

The "Buzzword": Zone Pricing

| Aug 20, 2005
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <i>Marketplace Money</i> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -- "Zone Pricing." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

"Day in the Work Life: Textile Conservator

| Aug 20, 2005
On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we bond with a textile conservator.
Posted In: Jobs

Mailbag for August 19, 2005

| Aug 20, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on choosing a life insurance policy, finding an online tax calculator, buying umbrella insurance, and investing in India.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes

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