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Taking the operation overseas

| Nov 25, 2004
Computer maker Dell said yesterday it wants to build up its presence in India. No big surprise there - U.S. Companies are flocking to India and China for skilled and cheap labor. But operating a business in another country can be tricky, and dangerous. So how do companies decide where it's safe - and profitable - to go? As Marketplace's Scott Jagow reports, they pay someone.

Hmmm, tastes a bit like chicken ...

| Nov 25, 2004
You can't blame vegetarians if they dread Thanksgiving. While everyone else is munching on turkey, vegetarians can only pile their plates with side dishes. Unless they buy a "tofurkey."Reporter Mitchell Hartman visited the town of Hood River, Oregon, to hunt down the tofu alternative for Thanksgiving.

The changing family

| Nov 24, 2004
Hectic work lives and demanding careers are stretching families further and further apart. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays when we try to go home again and recreate a kind of Norman Rockwell picture. In Italy, people also cling to the notion of a tightknit family - complete with children, parents, and grandparents. But the reality is that life is changing there, too. And as Megan Williams reports, some family members are getting left out.

The Next Four Years - values

| Nov 24, 2004
Today we wrap up our special series of commentaries offering different perspectives on "The Next Four Years". In our final installment - many voters said moral values were the key factor behind their decision to vote for George Bush. Commentator and writer Thomas Frank says now the challenge will be living with those values...

Meet Hetty Green!

| Nov 24, 2004
The dollar continued its downward trek today, sliding to yet another record low against the Euro. With just a month left to go, the Dow is up only half a percent so far this year. Those kinds of lousy returns have many professional investors looking for other ways to grow their money. Some are turning to commodities like gold and copper. Others are investing in markets in places like Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Author Charles Slack says that's the same kind of investing resourcefulness demonstrated a hundred years ago by Hetty Green. Born in the 1830s, she was this country's first female tycoon.
Posted In: Wall Street

A valley fights back and wins

| Nov 24, 2004
Last spring, the Shenandoah Valley took an economic hit. Poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride announced it was closing its turkey processing plant in Hinton, Virginia. Hundreds of people lost their jobs and about 150 turkey farmers were left with no one to buy their birds. But instead of simply accepting the situation, a group of farmers said "not in our Valley". And they formed the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative. Seven months later, the Hinton plant is poised to reopen... as Martha Woodroof reports.

Watch your spending

| Nov 24, 2004
This weekend starts the month-long spending spree known as the holiday shopping season. But as Marketplace commentator Robert Reich tells us in this edition of The Public's Business, you might want to think twice before taking on any more debt.

Holiday weddings

| Nov 24, 2004
When most Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving meal, many recent Chinese immigrants will be enjoying dinner at a wedding. Alisa Roth reports Thanksgiving is one of the few days many Chinese immigrants have off, making it a great day for weddings and the wedding industry.

Labor Unions -- the China way

| Nov 23, 2004
News out of Asia has it that Walmart is allowing it's Chinese workers to unionize. Will this have any affect here in the U.S., where no Walmart employees are labor union members? Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford explains the differences between American and Chinese unions.
Posted In: Canada

A raw deal?

| Nov 23, 2004
Congress says it will now let U.S. employers hire 20,000 more high tech workers from overseas. American companies say they can't compete globally without dipping deeper into the pool of foreign talent. But as Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports, some critics think American workers may be on the losing end of this deal...

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