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Saturn's Roadster

| Dec 1, 2004
What sensible shoes are to footwear, Saturn is to the automobile. Unpretentious transportation with plastic doors that don't ding. So it came as a surprise this week to see the pictures of the new Saturn. Not only does it have metal bodywork, it's a convertible. Built around the underpinnings of a sexy new sibling from Pontiac called the Solstice. We called up Dan Neil, auto critic at the LA Times to ask 'what are we looking at here...a roadster revival?'

Rating prescription drugs?

| Dec 1, 2004
If you've gone car shopping, you've probably peeked at a copy of Consumer Reports. It's famous for its evaluations on everything from Vacuums to VCR's. But prescription medicine? Not until now. Next week Consumer's Union launches a free website - "CR-BEST-BUY-DRUGS-dot-org". From the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.

Venezuela's effort at a new image

| Dec 1, 2004
Washington was a bit miffed yesterday when it learned Venezuela planned to buy Russian-made MIG fighter jets to replace U.S.-made F-16s. In the words of one senior administration official, "Let me put it this way... we shoot down MIGs." How serious the rift? Hard to say. Venezuela's been concerned for quite a while about its image in the U.S. Marketplace America's desk correspondent Dan Grech tells us about an ad campaign to sell us Venezuela's softer side..
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Tis the season for travel

| Dec 1, 2004
A record number of travelers will take to the skies over the next few weeks. Airlines are slashing their fares and amenities to compete for a piece of the pie. Is this the ghost of the airline industry's future? Stacey Vanek Smith reports. Also, commentator Rudy Maxa takes apart a US Airways plan to give employees perks for getting to work and being on time over the holiday season.

Service, with an accent ...

| Dec 1, 2004
Maneuvering through America's melting pot often means leaping language barriers. The booming immigrant population is full of newcomers who don't speak much English. When they're waiting tables and driving cabs that can mean winding up with the wrong order or in the wrong place. It's a customer service problem that's getting some employers in hot water. Washington reporter Gretchen Cook has more.

Lumber wars

| Nov 30, 2004
President Bush began his first official trip to Canada today. Simmering trade tensions over beef, wheat and pork were on the menu as he met with the Canadian Prime Minister. But perhaps the most difficult issue is that 27 percent tariff the U.S. slapped on Canadian softwood lumber back in 1982. It was the Reagan administration claiming unfair competition. At the time, Canadians worried the tariff would wreck their industry. But as Americas Desk reporter Dan Grech tells us, it may have had quite the reverse effect.
Posted In: Canada

Lemon laws

| Nov 30, 2004
You can raise the hood, kick the the tires, but who's inspecting the fine print on that auto loan? Today the Supreme Court ruled that even if you're tricked into a bad deal, you only get limited damages under a longstanding consumer protection law. Banks and auto dealers had worried that if they lost this case, it could open the door to over a billion dollars in damages every year. Over a billion? Gretchen Cook reports.

The small car bonus

| Nov 30, 2004
A man named Godfrey Sullivan is President and CEO of a California software company called Hyperion. While on a vacation in Tahoe recently, Sullivan had an idea for a new employee perk. Today, his company called an all-staff meeting, for a special announcement.

Arnold goes to Washington

| Nov 30, 2004
Tonight the first President Bush bestows the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service - to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tomorrow, the California Governor hits Dallas for a fundraiser. Bringing in the bucks is a big part of the job for any politician with national aspirations. Commentator and consumer activist Jamie Court argues you can learn a lot about the Governor by comparing his political and fundraising record in California.

Muslims - The TV network!

| Nov 30, 2004
If you've got a hobby, there's probably a television channel out there for you. Golf, cars, fishing, you name it. Identify with a specific lifestyle or ethnic group? There are channels devoted to Christians, women, gays and lesbians, Latinos and Hispanics. But there's been no network serving one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in this country, American Muslims. Until today. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports

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