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The Best Gift Ever - Chuck Williams

| Dec 14, 2004
Time for today's installment in our holiday series -- The Best Gift Ever. What gift really got to you? Drop us a line, letters@marketplace.org. What gift hit home with you? We'd like to hear about it. Write us at letters at marketplace-dot-org.

Localize, localize, localize

| Dec 14, 2004
There were some big numbers in that trade gap story Bob Moon reported at the top of the program. If you want a piece of that multi-billion dollar pie, you've got be able to take your product global. But that takes money. And it costs even more if you have to recall something because of cultural blunders. Take Microsoft, for just one example. The company had to rewrite one of its programs for India, when it forgot to include Kashmir on a map. So how can companies avoid geopolitical gaffes? One word - Localize. From KUOW in Seattle, Cathy Duchamp explains.

A place to celebrate ... taxes

| Dec 14, 2004
As far we can tell, there are only two museums in world devoted entirely to taxes. One's in Germany. The otheris on a street corner in Jerusalem. As Marketplace's Adam Davidson discovered, the Israeli museum actually celebrates taxes.

CEO's and mergers ...

| Dec 14, 2004
Businesses are making the biggest year-end push for mergers and acquisitions since 1999. Marketplace's Scott Jagow examines why. Then, the Economist's Tim Hindle examines the state of executive compensation and explains why there needs to be more disclosure of what they make.

The Best Gift Ever - Craig Newmark

| Dec 14, 2004
Time for today's installment in our holiday series -- The Best Gift Ever. What gift really jazzed you? Drop us a line, letters@marketplace.org.

Movin' on up

| Dec 13, 2004
A half century of legal wrangling around one of the world's best art collections may be finished. The Barnes Foundation Collection in suburban Philadelphia includes works by Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse. A Pennsylvania judge ruled today the Foundation can break its trust and move to a new location in the heart of Philly's museum district. As Alisa Roth reports, the Barnes Battle has always been caught up in money.

The Best Gift Ever - Jeff Bezos

| Dec 13, 2004
And now, another installment of The Best Gift Ever. Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com.What gift really jazzed you? Drop us a line, letters@marketplace.org.

Family planning battles

| Dec 13, 2004
Family planning groups went to court today to stop a new law. It's something called the 'Conscience Protection' clause that was buried deep in the big spending bill the President signed last week. In theory it prevents discrimination against health care facilities that don't provide abortions. But Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, womens' rights groups call it a backdoor try at overturning Roe v Wade. And they say it could cost states billions of dollars.

You best stay healthy this month!

| Dec 13, 2004
Good luck getting a doctor's appointment this month. Many patients are flocking to doctor's offices trying to beat the clock. They've already met their deductibles for this year and and they want to make sure their insurance company foots the bill before the new year, and a new deductible. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, it's a system that's frustrating for both patients and providers.

Pigeon doping on the rise?

| Dec 13, 2004
The humble asterisk is plaguing baseball fans these days. Do the records of Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi deserve to be singled out of illegal steroid use. There is doping in a lot of other sports. Like pigeon racing. Here's how it works. The birds are taken hundreds of miles from home and then released. The pigeon that flies back the fastest wins. So far so good. But some pigeon fanciers...as they're called...have been tempted to give their birds chemical assistance. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports from the western England town of Cheltenham.

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