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Iran and Venezuela cozy up

| Mar 11, 2005
You've heard President Bush talk about Iran's "moolahs" ... If one of those "moolahs" were to pay a state visit to the Americas...Maybe, stop in for dinner with some left leaning leader... Imagine the fits that would give the White House. Perhaps that's what Mohammed Khatami has in mind. Iran's President is visiting Caracas, Venezuela. From the Americas Desk at WLRN, Dan Gretch tells us its a business trip. With, perhaps, a little pleasure on the side.
Posted In: Canada

Securing the squawk boxes of Wall Street

| Mar 11, 2005
Ever heard of the term "squawk box"? If you work on Wall Street, you know what I'm talking about. It's an intercom system traders and brokers use to yell back and forth. Now just imagine if you could eavesdrop on those communications. Think you might pick up a stock tip or two? The Justice Department's been thinking along these lines, also. Marketplace's Amy Scott has the story.
Posted In: Wall Street

The week that was ... on Wall Street

| Mar 11, 2005
When it's Friday the two David's join forces. Host David Brown talks to our favorite Dallas stockbroker ... David Johnson.
Posted In: Wall Street

That weak U.S. dollar - and why it matters

| Mar 11, 2005
The U.S. trade deficit has reached the second-highest level on record. The gap between what we import and what we sell abroad hit $58.3 billion in January. Today's news triggered another dip in the dollar. Does any of this really matter? Fair question. Alan Greenspan doesn't think so. "Not overly worrisome".That's what he said yesterday.But they're not so sure in London, where most of the world's currency trading is done.Some wonder if the U.S. has handed a powerful weapon to its adversaries. Marketplace's Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada

College alumni, and the money chase

| Mar 11, 2005
On Sunday, men's college basketball teams find out whether they made it into the March Madness tournament. The Big Dance also means big money. Participating colleges and conferences will divvy up $114 million from CBS for broadcast rights. A tournament slot can also make it easier to convince alumni to write a check. Universities rely more than ever on alumni giving. But as South Dakota Public Radio's Curt Nickisch reports, it's generosity with a twist.

Boxing - with reality TV

| Mar 11, 2005
Have you seen NBC's new boxing reality show "The Contender"? Marketplace Business of Sports commentator Diana Nyad saw the opening episode and tells host Kai Ryssdal it tells you a lot about the boxing industry... and the lives of struggling professional boxers.

Playboy on the financial rebound

| Mar 11, 2005
Playboy Thursday cut its 2005 earnings forecast, but the five decade old adult entertainment company is still running strong. Following a slump in business, it just finished a turnaround that landed it in the black for the first time in six years. Sandy Hausman reports on how Playboy has bounced back.
Posted In: Wall Street

Where does television news go now?

| Mar 11, 2005
Now that Dan Rather has left his anchor post, CBS is eyeing some real alternatives for its evening newscast. And as Variety's Michael Speier tells host Lisa Napoli, CBS isn't the only network that should be considering an overhaul.

Europe's productivity battle with the U.S.

| Mar 10, 2005
The unions insist it's a coincidence.Olympic Inspectors were 'inspecting' Paris for a bid to host the 2012 games. Also today: strikes and marches shut down bus and train service in 55 French cities. The demonstrators are hoping to save their 35-hour work week.But with the U.S. economy growing faster than that of Europe... Commentator Amity Shlaes wonders if the protesters' timing is less than impeccable.
Posted In: Canada

Germany tries to get its brightest to come home

| Mar 10, 2005
Here's something we certainly don't covet. Germany's unemployment rate. 12.6 percent. Today Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he'll meet with his political opponents to work up ideas...Anything to spark the economy will do. But in a nation that's put so much emphasis on technological innovation, they'll have to do something about its brain power. They're losing it. One in seven German students with a doctorate goes to the U.S. to do research. And up to half of those are expected to stay in America. Kyle James reports from Berlin.
Posted In: Canada

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