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Crisis? What crisis?

| Jan 6, 2005
The Bush Administration has made solving the social security "crisis" a top priority. But personal finance expert Chris Farrell says while there is a funding problem, it's not a crisis.

Corporate and global risk

| Jan 6, 2005
Uncertainty seems to be the new dynamic in the global marketplace. In a new book, author Paul Laudicina looks at how companies can navigate the new risks of the corporate world to their advantage.

Playing with playlists

| Jan 6, 2005
With so much more music becoming available on-line each year, how can music fans sort through it all and discover the music they want? One answer may lie in the personal playlist, that simple compilation that digital music enthusiasts use to keep track of their favorite tunes. From New York, Marketplace's Gideon D'Arcangelo reports.

Spending the aid ...

| Jan 5, 2005
Governments around the world have pledged more than $3 billion to help the victims of the Asian tsunami. How to spend that money? That's on the table tomorrow - at an international summit in Jakarta. Also on the agenda is a British plan for debt relief. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

Imperial Powers

| Jan 5, 2005
A profound shift in the culture of giving. That headline from today's Christian Science Monitor. As of yesterday, private donors have given more than $200 million for relief. One charity says online pledges were coming in at the rate of a hundred thousand dollars an hour. It won't be long before private donations top the $350 million pledged so far by the U-S government. But given the generosity of private donors, does it make sense for Washington to give more? Commentator and economist Stephen King.

Dealing with dirty bombs

| Jan 5, 2005
Tomorrow the Department of Homeland Security will announce a National Response Plan -- guidelines for the wake of nuclear or biological attack. The Department is also working out a response to a dirty bomb. If a terrorist got some radiological material - cobalt 60 is in thousands of hospitals-- it wouldn't take much know-how to make a device that could spread radioactive particles for miles. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports what at issue is how much cleanup a dirty bomb would require -- and what that would cost.

What's in a name? Cash

| Jan 5, 2005
Companies spend lots of time and money trying to build brand name recognition. Now that Bank of America has acquired Fleet Bank, you'd think that maybe B-of-A would like to turn Boston's sports arena - the Fleet Center - into the Bank of America center? Not a chance. Marketplace Business Editor Cheryl Glaser explains why.

Microsoft and Sirius

| Jan 5, 2005
In satellite radio, two players dominate. XM is the big boy, with more than 3 million customers. But Sirius Satellite Radio is coming up from behind. It's latest move: a team-up with Microsoft to offer radio... with pictures. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler explains.

Here we go again ...

| Jan 5, 2005
We're only five days into the New Year and the FCC's investigating another scandal. On the Jay Leno Show Friday night, you may have heard Motley Crue's Vince Neil wishing bandmate Tommy Lee a happy "bleep" New Year. And we're off to a rockin' 2005. To help us look at what's ahead in the media industry, Frank Ahrens. He covers the media business for the Washington Post.

A time for giving

| Jan 5, 2005
Americans from all walks of life are pledging money to help the tsunami victims. Two former Presidents, Bill Clinton and George Bush Senior are heading up an effort to spur even more giving. The current President Bush says private donors should be the focus of America's disaster contributions. But in this edition of "The Public's Business", commentator Robert Reich says the government should think about giving more.

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