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Crowded ports ... and delays

| Oct 21, 2004
As we all know, many of the goodies transported in Santa's sleigh from the North Pole arrive in this country via China. A lot of people must have qualified for Santa's list this year, because demand for consumer goods is way up. At the nation's busiest port in Long Beach, they were expecting a five percent increase in commercial traffic for the season. Instead, it's already up ten percent. That's created severe congestion. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler has the story.

Ballot Bucks: jobs, jobs, jobs

| Oct 21, 2004
Today Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said science and technology were the key to a stronger economy and job creation in this country. President Bush has touted his tax cuts as providing an engine for job growth. But with employers still seemingly reluctant to hire - the question remains what to do about all those folks who want jobs but can't find them. Today as we continue "Ballot Bucks" Marketplace's Bob Moon looks at what the candidates are offering to spur the job market.

Baseball reaches for the satellites

| Oct 21, 2004
XM Satellite Radio's got a major new deal with Major League Baseball that offers subscribers access to games from every pro team. Marketplace host Tess Vigeland and Fox Sport's Ed Derse discuss baseball's leap to new media platform, which may recall the golden age of the game.

Ballot Bucks: The quest for jobs

| Oct 21, 2004
Time again for Ballot Bucks, our series on the important economic issues being debated by the presidential candidates. Today, Marketplace's Bob Moon looks at what the candidates can and can't do to create new jobs. (Photo: Getty Images)

An oil economy

| Oct 21, 2004
You don't like high oil prices. I don't like high oil prices. But what about the folks whose economic opinions really matter. Alan Greenspan and his colleagues at the Federal Reserve. Our economist in residence Chris Farrell now with more on the oil economy.

Baseball is on fire

| Oct 21, 2004
It's one of the greatest comebacks ever in the history of sports. The Boston Red Sox rallied from a three-game deficit to beat the New York Yankees and win the American League Championship last night. Business of sports analyst David Carter says great match-ups like these have helped make it a winning season for Major League Baseball. (Photo: Getty Images)

Organs - Online ...

| Oct 20, 2004
Today in Denver Bob Hickey got a kidney transplant. Nothing revolutionary there except that this is reportedly the first transplant arranged through a private website. It's called MatchingDonors.com - and that's exactly what it does. Helen Palmer reports from the Heath Desk at WGBH that critics, including those who manage the national donor list, are worried about the intrusion of the private market into the organ donor system.

Politics and the flu

| Oct 20, 2004
In case you haven't heard... there's a shortage of flu vaccine this year. If you've been worrying not only about your own health, but what about the more senior members of Congress who might get sick... well, it turns out they've got their own stockpile. The finger-pointing's already underway on this whole thing, especially in the presidental campaign. Senator Kerry says it's the president's fault. President Bush says lawsuits have scared manufacturers out of the vaccine business. Commentator Robert Reich proposes his own solution.

The robot world

| Oct 20, 2004
The Jetsons had Rosie, the mechanical housekeeper. You may have seen or used those Roombas... the robot vacuum that tidies up while you're away. The United Nations tells us robots are going to become a bigger and bigger part of our home lives. We recharged Marty Goldensohn so he could bring us this report.
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Ballot Bucks: social security

| Oct 20, 2004
This year the most expensive - and expansive - government program in world history has been relegated to also-ran status as an election issue. Social Security is a $471-billion retirement insurance system for 47 million Americans. It's bigger than the entire budgets of all but eight countries. By some accounts, it's headed for bankruptcy. Today as we continue "Ballot Bucks" -- our buyer's guide to the money issues of the campaign -- John Dimsdale sorts things out. (Photo: Getty Images)

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