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Tsunami: One month later

| Jan 26, 2005
One month ago, an 8.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean, creating a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands and devastated southeast Asia. Marketplace looks back at the disaster, the relief effort and the lasting impact of that enormous wave.

Junk food lobby

| Jan 26, 2005
The average American kid sees or hears about 5,000 food and restaurant commercials each year, which worries many parental and community activists, but food makers disagree, pointing to what they believe is a history of success at self-regulation. In fact, several food makers are now working together to protect advertising junk food to kids from federal regulation.

RNC & DNC abroad

| Jan 26, 2005
If the U.S. succeeds in selling democracy... who profits then? National political parties band together in working abroad. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.

Out with the new, in with the old

| Jan 26, 2005
Just when it seemed the traditional company pension was on its way out, one telecommunications giant is bringing it back. For years, companies have been dropping their defined benefit plans in favor of less expensive employee-funded plans. But this week SBC Communications changed course, saying it wanted to reward long-time managers. As Marketplace's Amy Scott reports, there may be other reasons as well.

Deficit

| Jan 26, 2005
More than meets the eye? Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says the national deficit, which is growing once more this year to a record $427 billion, doesn't take into account war expenditures, permanent tax cuts, and paying interest on federal borrowing, let alone the privatization of Social Security. So how much is it?

Fitness trends

| Jan 26, 2005
Businesses are finding value in keeping their customers happy, and healthy. Andrea Gardner has details of a new Best Buy test store aimed at selling appliances and healthier living. Then, Marketplace's travel expert Rudy Maxa contemplates how successful hotels will be with their new fitness ideas for guests.

Fallujah voters

| Jan 26, 2005
U.S. and Iraqi authorities know that for Iraq's upcoming elections to work, they must get Iraq's Sunni Arab minority to take part. But recent attempts by the U.S. to root out militants in Fallujah may actually keep Sunnis from going to the polls. From Baghdad, Borzou Daragahi explains.

Argentina and debt games

| Jan 25, 2005
Name the two largest economies in South America? Gold star if you guessed Argentina and Brazil. Careful though. This is a tale of two countries with two left-leaning leaders taking different tacks to get fiscally fit. Look at Argentina. Four years ago, the government declared bankruptcy. Since then, Argentina's pretty much thumbed its nose at international pressure for free-market reforms. Just today, the president told investors he's sticking with a controversial plan to pay only part of the country's debt. From Buenos Aires, Marketplace's Americas Desk correspondent Dan Grech reports.

Letters!

| Jan 25, 2005
Yes! It's that time again, to open our mailbox and grab some letters. Your host - our own David Brown.

Bee mites

| Jan 25, 2005
This is an important week for beekeepers. The hibernation season is ending, and keepers are pulling back the covers of hives, making sure their workforce is in good shape. But this year, some in the industry are worried that they may have fewer bees than expected. From Sacramento station KXJZ, Bob Hensley reports on the problem with the pollinators for hire.

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