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The Dow Days of the Economy

| Apr 22, 2005
The markets had a rough time last week, but the Dow is certainly not the economy and the economy is not the Dow. So how does each influence the other? Mesirow Financial chief economist Diane Swonk gives Kai a rundown of the current economic picture.
Posted In: Economy

From the Money Matters Desk: Go It Alone

| Apr 22, 2005
What does it take to start a business? You're probably thinking: an original idea, lots of cash, and very little sleep. Sounds a bit overwhelming. Author Bruce Judson disagrees. He tells Kai it's never been easier to call the shots in this week's Money Matters: our regular look at how to improve your bottom line.

The New "It" Fund -- Exchange Traded Funds

| Apr 22, 2005
As with Hollywood actors, certain investments can suddenly become "hot." Exchange Traded Funds are the latest stock investment to get top billing. Here to explain the buzz is <i>Money Magazine's</i> Penelope Wang.
Posted In: Investing

Personal Polluter

| Apr 22, 2005
Before you head out to celebrate Earth Day, you might want to check under your car hood. Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams drives a car that’s leaking oil. And it’s going to cost her a lot of money to fix it. What would you do if you found out you’re a pretty big polluter?

Guaranteeing Sick Leave

| Apr 22, 2005
Some groups say nearly half of American workers don't have any paid sick leave. Next week, Congress plans to take up a bill that would guarantee workers 7 paid sick days a year. From the Work and Family Desk, Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Jobs

"Day in the Work Life": Cowboy Poet

| Apr 22, 2005
April is National Poetry Month. So, on this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we start a campfire with a poet of the prairie.
Posted In: Jobs

Tackling that next job

| Apr 22, 2005
Retiring from professional sports can be a difficult financial transition for many players. Cheryl Glaser talked with former NFL star Hardy Nickerson about how he's adjusted to a new life and career.

The value of a rookie

| Apr 22, 2005
NFL teams will draft their future players this weekend. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with sports commentator Michael Knisley about the economics of the draft.

Are you ready for some cable?

| Apr 22, 2005
After more than three decades on ABC, Monday Night Football will air on ESPN starting in 2006, while NBC gets the Sunday night games. Host Tess Vigeland talks with entertainment commentator Michael Speier about the deals.

Wall Street goes binary

| Apr 21, 2005
Will the NYSE's merger with an electronic-trading company mean the end of the iconic pictures of traders screaming and yelling at each other? Marketplace's Bob Moon reports on why the move is being made.

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