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Bankruptcy reform.

| Feb 25, 2005
There's a credit card company that asks "what's in your wallet?" If you say "my wallet's empty", creditors start to panic. Last year, more than a million and a half Americans said bye-bye to their debts by filing for bankruptcy. For many years now, creditors have been begging Congress to make it harder for consumers to walk away. This may be the year they get what they've been asking for. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports that on Monday, the Senate takes up bankruptcy reform.

Location, location, location

| Feb 25, 2005
Sales of existing homes ticked down a tenth of a percent in January. It's still the seventh highest pace on record. That from the National Association of Realtors. Plenty of factors go into picking a new place to live. And its obviously not just the price. Take Santa Clara County in Northern California. The median home price there is now $615,000. They're willing to pay that kind of money, in part, because of the schools. But shopping around for the right school has become more of a numbers game than you might imagine. Marketplace Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports.

The week that was ... on Wall Street

| Feb 25, 2005
It's Friday. And you know what that means. The time to check the week on Wall Street, with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.

Oscar fashions ...

| Feb 25, 2005
Gambling on the outcome of Sunday's Academy Awards is illegal here in the U.S. And that includes Nevada. If you could, though... The oddsmakers seem to think it's the Aviator that'll take best picture. Here's something you can bet on: A seriously lavish fashion show. Commentator and attorney Conrad Teitell wonders who'll be paying for it.

Getting serious - about work

| Feb 25, 2005
This week, French President Chirac seemed to be serious about mending fences with President Bush. What's next: an American-style workweek? Maybe... Next week, the French Senate is expected to confirm a measure that could doom the 35 hour workweek. The Government in Paris says 'in a global economy, France must get more competitive'. From our European Desk, Steven Beard reports.

Attention (Chinese) shoppers!

| Feb 25, 2005
One of the coming of age symbols for a consumer society is the mall. So it's little surprise that the country that aims to be the king of consumers is on a mall-building binge. There are now more than 400 malls and large shopping centers in China, a four-fold increase from a couple of years ago. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford takes us to the biggest mall of all.

Baseball, Bats, and Bucks

| Feb 25, 2005
The Yankees are starting spring training with the highest-paid team ever in baseball. How long will Major League Baseball allow the Yankees to outspend everyone else? Host Kay Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's business of sports commentator Michael Knisley about some of the changes we may see in the league this season.

The Oscar game

| Feb 25, 2005
What's an Oscar worth to a film studio? Enough to spend big bucks campaigning for one. Host Matthew Algeo talks to Variety's Stu Levine about promoting movies for the Academy Awards.

Big Brother?

| Feb 24, 2005
By now you've heard about the ChoicePoint affair. ChoicePoint buys and sells personal information. Names, social security numbers, addresses, credit records, you get the idea. Criminals tapped into ChoicePoint's databank and accessed the personal files of almost 150,000 Americans.Or, so says the company. Some officials suspect the records of as many as half a million Americans may have been compromised. In Washington today, a House Committee promised to look into how the the databank was breached. Commentator Amelia Warren Tyagi wants Congress to promise much more.

Culture wars

| Feb 24, 2005
Next Monday in Portland Oregon: a suicide prevention conference. Not exactly subject matter for a program about money like Marketplace. Or so we thought. Until our own reporter, Scott Tong, told us that federal money is involved. And so are questions about the meeting's real agenda.

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