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For Sale: Huge Russian oil company

| Dec 17, 2004
There's going to be a big auction in Russia this weekend. The price will be near $13 billion. That's about half of what the Russian government says the oil giant Yukos owes in back taxes. Moscow today brushed off an injunction from a U.S. bankruptcy judge blocking the sale of Yukos's production units. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

Who will run the World Bank?

| Dec 17, 2004
The World Bank is in the market for some human capital. Come next May, Jim Wolfensohn will end his term as president. And as you might imagine ... the Washington rumor mill is running wild with talk of who'll get the job. But no matter who it is, commentator and writer Sebastian Mallaby says it's time for some command and control at the World Bank.

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.

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