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Say my name, sell my name

| Nov 25, 2004
Wal-Mart Heiress Paige Laurie got a new sports arena named for her - in honor of the $25 million her parents gave the University of Missouri-Columbia. But tomorrow, it could get a new name. The Missouri system's Board of Curators plans to vote on the change, after allegations that Laurie paid a former roommate $20,000 for doing her schoolwork for her. Her family has given the naming rights back to the University. There's a lot of cash at stake in naming school sports arenas...and it's not just for colleges anymore, either. Reporter Michael May takes us deep into the heart of Texas... where they do love their high school football.

The reformulators

| Nov 25, 2004
If you've wandered through your local supermarket recently, you might have noticed some of your favorites have have been morphing. You can still find the old stuff, but sharing the shelf space are new "lo-carb" versions. In the last two years American food companies have launched more than a thousand of these variations. That's meant busy times for one branch of the food industry. From the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer took a trip to meet 'the reformulators'.

"Hey you have a great ... bio!"

| Nov 25, 2004
The Internet dating industry is doing very well these days, eager to match willing singles with that special someone. A lot of folks don't get past looking at pictures and personal bios online. But if your effort is to be a success, sooner or later, you'll have to meet someone. Preferably in public. And who knows - if you're at the International Internet Dating Convention in San Francisco, you might just bump into a guy like our own Cash Peters.
Posted In: Science

Taking the operation overseas

| Nov 25, 2004
Computer maker Dell said yesterday it wants to build up its presence in India. No big surprise there - U.S. Companies are flocking to India and China for skilled and cheap labor. But operating a business in another country can be tricky, and dangerous. So how do companies decide where it's safe - and profitable - to go? As Marketplace's Scott Jagow reports, they pay someone.

Hmmm, tastes a bit like chicken ...

| Nov 25, 2004
You can't blame vegetarians if they dread Thanksgiving. While everyone else is munching on turkey, vegetarians can only pile their plates with side dishes. Unless they buy a "tofurkey."Reporter Mitchell Hartman visited the town of Hood River, Oregon, to hunt down the tofu alternative for Thanksgiving.

A valley fights back and wins

| Nov 24, 2004
Last spring, the Shenandoah Valley took an economic hit. Poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride announced it was closing its turkey processing plant in Hinton, Virginia. Hundreds of people lost their jobs and about 150 turkey farmers were left with no one to buy their birds. But instead of simply accepting the situation, a group of farmers said "not in our Valley". And they formed the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative. Seven months later, the Hinton plant is poised to reopen... as Martha Woodroof reports.

Meet Hetty Green!

| Nov 24, 2004
The dollar continued its downward trek today, sliding to yet another record low against the Euro. With just a month left to go, the Dow is up only half a percent so far this year. Those kinds of lousy returns have many professional investors looking for other ways to grow their money. Some are turning to commodities like gold and copper. Others are investing in markets in places like Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Author Charles Slack says that's the same kind of investing resourcefulness demonstrated a hundred years ago by Hetty Green. Born in the 1830s, she was this country's first female tycoon.
Posted In: Wall Street

The Next Four Years - values

| Nov 24, 2004
Today we wrap up our special series of commentaries offering different perspectives on "The Next Four Years". In our final installment - many voters said moral values were the key factor behind their decision to vote for George Bush. Commentator and writer Thomas Frank says now the challenge will be living with those values...

The changing family

| Nov 24, 2004
Hectic work lives and demanding careers are stretching families further and further apart. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays when we try to go home again and recreate a kind of Norman Rockwell picture. In Italy, people also cling to the notion of a tightknit family - complete with children, parents, and grandparents. But the reality is that life is changing there, too. And as Megan Williams reports, some family members are getting left out.

Watch your spending

| Nov 24, 2004
This weekend starts the month-long spending spree known as the holiday shopping season. But as Marketplace commentator Robert Reich tells us in this edition of The Public's Business, you might want to think twice before taking on any more debt.

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