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The week that was on Wall Street

| Dec 17, 2004
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to investment banker David Johnson about whats happening on Wall Street.

Santa Claus ... banned from coming to town?

| Dec 17, 2004
The image of that chubby-cheeked guy in the red coat was actually the invention of a 19th Century German immigrant to this country. Santa really took off in the 1930's when Coca-Cola popularized him in its ads. But this year, Germans and Austrians are campaigning to ditch Santa Claus. They say his worldwide popularity is commercialism run amok. They want to return to a less flamboyant Nikolaus - the 4th century saint that Santa is based on. Kyle James reports from Berlin.

The Best Gift Ever - Brad Bird

| Dec 17, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

Coca Cola wars

| Dec 17, 2004
Coca Cola's had a rough year. The company dealt with a difficult shakeup in management. Soft drink sales have dropped off. And Coke is facing stiffer competition than ever. The last thing the beverage giant needs is an investor who wants to kick the company when it's down. That's where stock "activist" Max Keiser comes in. He wants to punish the company for its policies around the world. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports from New York.

More hi-tech gift tips

| Dec 17, 2004
Planning a high-tech gift for someone on your holiday shopping list? CNET.com Editor Brian Cooley joins host Tess Vigeland with more advice on giving to gadget lovers.

Why the Golden Globes go independent

| Dec 17, 2004
A lot of this year's Golden Globe nominees are being recognized for films they've done with independent film studios. Daily Variety's senior editor Stuart Levine joins host Cheryl Glaser to explore some of the reasons why.

The Best Gift Ever - Scott Adams

| Dec 17, 2004
Another installment of The Best Gift Ever! Visit <A href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/gift2004/index.html">The Best Gift Ever Index Page.</A>

Fixing Social Security

| Dec 16, 2004
Not everyone believes, as does the president, that Social Security is so broken that it needs painful and expensive reforms. Some Democrats and a host of interest groups are mobilizing to protect the traditional retirement system. Commentator and economist Susan Lee says there's a way to fix things ... without much pain.

Tragic setback in Iraq

| Dec 16, 2004
Think how many times on an average construction project you'd need to make a phone call. And then think about trying to make those calls in Iraq. The Director General of Iraq's Communications ministry was assassinated today. Kassim Mihawi had been working on getting both land lines and cell phones working again. Borzou Daragahi reports.

Turkey, and the European Union

| Dec 16, 2004
Protesters in Denmark covered up that country's best known tourist attraction today. The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbour was clothed from head to tail in a burka. one of the traditional coverings worn by devout Muslim women. It was apparently meant to question Turkey's bid to join the European Union. EU leaders meeting in Brussels today gave the Muslim country a date for the start of accession talks. October 3, 2005. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

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