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Marketplace Letters for May 3, 2005

| May 3, 2005
Today, host David Brown digs into the Marketplace mailbag and finds out what metaphors listeners use to describe how large a trillion dollars is.

Donate your Social Security check

| May 3, 2005
President Bush takes his ideas for Social Security reform to Mississippi today. But here's an idea you haven't heard from the President - donating Social Security checks. Entrepreneur Paul Merage is pushing that one. Merage invented hot-pockets, those microwaveable sandwiches. He sold his company for a couple billion dollars and, as Sarah Gardner reports, he's cooked up a charity to inspire the nation's seniors.

AIDS in India

| May 3, 2005
There's a number that AIDS activists keep an eye on when they're looking at how quickly the disease is spreading in a given country. A one percent infection rate is generally considered a tipping point. As Marketplace's Julie Small reports, India is almost there.
Posted In: Science

Selling Social Security

| May 2, 2005
The President's 60-day Social Security blitz is over. Don't let that fool you. Mr. President goes back on the road tomorrow. He'll be talking up his social security proposals in Mississippi. Later this week he'll do the same back in Washington. Now that the President has offered more details of his plan, there may be more to talk about - or as commentator and financial analyst Susan Lee argues...LESS.

IT in Baghdad

| May 2, 2005
Three car bombs in Baghdad today - at least 8 more people dead. More than a hundred people have been killed in Iraq since Thursday. That's the same day the country's government appointed a partial cabinet. Security is the new government's toughest challenge. The roads aren't safe - and anyone commuting to earn a living is an easy mark. Borzou Daragahi reports on workers taking another road...the one that merges with the information superhighway.
Posted In: Canada

Human Computers

| May 2, 2005
We're about to step back into a time before PDA's and laptops, to an age when the word 'computer' meant something entirely different. No, we're not talking about primitive Commodore desktops. Or even those old vacuum-tubed Univacs that would fill up whole rooms. We're going back to a period nearly everyone seems to have forgotten. A time when computers were - human. David Grier teaches technology policy at George Washington University. He's now written the first in-depth account of a career that no longer exists. Grier describes 'human computers' as people who did the blue collar work of the mind.

Cheeto Currency

| May 2, 2005
Most of you remember bargaining in the schoolyard. Trading marbles or baseball cards... Wacky Packs...anyone remember those? The hot commodity among the junior set these days isn't a collectible. Andrea Gardner tells us about the snack that's inspired a wave of diminutive day-traders.

Montreal cellist

| May 2, 2005
It's not easy to find a new market for something 300 years old. But one musician is trying to do just that. After years of performing in large concert halls, the 34-year-old cellist is bringing the music of Bach to punk, folk and rock clubs. Nancy Cohen reports.

The Sloan Sessions: housing and inflation

| May 2, 2005
In this edition of The Sloan Sessions, Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan explains why the inflation numbers should actually be higher.
Posted In: Wall Street

Letters for April 29, 2005

| Apr 29, 2005
Time to read from our letters inbox. Don’t miss the missives.

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