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Saving Star Trek

| Feb 15, 2005
The television network UPN cancelled the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise -- Enterprise. But the show's legion of famous fans have started a fundraising drive to keep it running. Host David Brown talks to Roger Nygard, director of the documentary Trekkies.

Celebrity ads

| Feb 15, 2005
You've probably seen the new Heineken ad featuring Brad Pitt being chased by a mob of paparazzi as he tries to buy a six-pack. Pitt's not the only A-list celebrity endorsing products these days. Reporter Apryl Lundsten finds out why celebrities seem to be okay with what was once seen as selling out.

Regional trade deals

| Feb 15, 2005
Venezuela yesterday reached a trade agreement with Brazil's state-run oil company. It's one of many such deals Venezuela may forge with other state oil businesses as a way to distance itself from the U-S. Marketplace Americas Desk correspondent Dan Grech reports. And commentator Michael Lind says don't expect a true global market any time soon.

Ground Round

| Feb 14, 2005
If your idea of a good burger is one that weighs as much as your plate you might have the folks at Ground Round to thank. But one year ago this week the Ground Round went down for the count. Franchise operators were not expecting it. And no-one expected what would happen next. Amy Mayer reports.

Mergers and heartbreaks

| Feb 14, 2005
A lot is happening in the telecom industry. Quest communications wants to buy MCI ... then along came Verizon with a deal worth a half billion dollars less. Some argue the consolidation in telecom is inevitable, given the scale of these businesses.But Harvard Professor Rakesh Khurana thinks the recent wave of corporate mergers is sure to break some hearts.Harvard business school professor Rakesh Khurana is a contributor to the book "Restoring Trust in American Business."

Daytona 500

| Feb 14, 2005
This weekend one of the biggest events in NASCAR racing -- The Daytona 500 -- is run. Marketplace's David Brown talks with Dan Neil, who writes about cars for the Los Angeles Times.

Harlequin Enterprises

| Feb 14, 2005
Today is the third biggest retail holiday of the year. Ask the people at Harlequin Enterprises. Their romance books did more than $450 million bucks in business in 2003. Now Harlequin's making eyes at the movie industry. Marketplace's Cheryl Glaser prepared our story.

More defense spending

| Feb 14, 2005
The White House today asked Congress for $82 billion dollars in emergency spending. Most of that money would go to the Pentagon, for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it appears the Defense Department slipped a few non-emergency items into the rainy day request. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

"The Sloan Sessions": HP and more

| Feb 14, 2005
Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan looks back at the firing of H-P head Carly Fiorina, the current state of the Medicare debate, and more.

Love investment

| Feb 14, 2005
Love is in the air, but should it be in your portfolio? After all, Americans shelled out 13 billion dollars on treats for their sweeties last year. That's big money for companies selling chocolates and flowers. Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith takes a look at a variety of romantically inclined businesses.

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