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Paying for Social Security

John Dimsdale | Dec 4, 2004
Privatization, privatization, privatization...President Bush wants to reform Social Security by partially privatizing the system. Do it yourself retirement…sounds promising? But what are the costs? Marketplace's John Dimsdale does the math.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Ukraine's unusual business boost

| Dec 3, 2004
Above Kiev, fireworks tonight after Ukraine's Supreme Court declared the results of the recent presidential elections invalid. The court ordered another round of balloting on December 26th. The news electrified tens of thousands of supporters gathered at the square in support of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko. His backers have been camped there since the November 21st elections, a protest of what they called widespread fraud. Though the demonstrations have hurt some sectors of Ukraine's economy, it has boosted others. From Kiev, Alex Kleimenov reports.
Posted In: Canada

The week on Wall Street

| Dec 3, 2004
Host David Brown catches up with Dallas stockbroker and analyst David Johnson to talk about the big stories of the week that was... on Wall Street.

Going after the bad guys

| Dec 3, 2004
You may have heard that the BBC had to apologize to Dow Chemical today. Its international TV news channel broadcast an interview with a Dow spokesman who took responsibility for the deadly industrial accident in Bhopal India 20 years ago today. The spokesman turned out to be a fake. The BBC says it was the victim of an elaborate deception. It now appears the hoaxer may be part of a group called the "Yes Men." They stage elaborate deceptions as a form of protest against corporatism. In the real world - no one has ever faced trial over the deaths of 3,500 people at the Bhopal factory owned by Union Carbide, now a Dow subsidiary. But this coming Monday that could start to change, says commentator and writer Mark Hertsgaard.

C-Span CEO ... cuts his own program

| Dec 3, 2004
In the publishing industry authors often make the media rounds only to find that most of their interviewers have only a vague idea of the contents of their book. But that's never been the case on Booknotes. The program has featured interviews with authors ranging from Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon to Maureen Dowd and George Soros. This weekend, Booknotes will be shut down by the CEO of C-Span. That doesn't frustrate the program's host - since they're one and the same. Brian Lamb says he'd like to free up some time to read a book for pure personal pleasure for a change.

Ricky says no more - again

| Dec 3, 2004
Former Miami Dolphins running back Running back Ricky Williams is definitely not coming back to the NFL after rejecting a deal that would've allowed him to play next year. Sports Commentator Diana Nyad talks about what it means financially for a team to lose such a star player.

DVD Wars

| Dec 3, 2004
Entertainment industry commentator Mike Speier discusses the technology battle over the high definition DVD format, with Marketplace's Tess Vigeland.

Raising the bar, and the salary

| Dec 3, 2004
We've all heard the research that says women "under-negotiate" salary and raises. Females, the theory goes, have been taught not to be too pushy and typically aren't as demanding as their male colleagues when they negotiate salary, pay raises and promotions. But as Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports, women are beginning to catch on by doing a little "networking"...

Bhopal - twenty years later

| Dec 3, 2004
Two decades ago today, 40 tons of poisonous gas leaked out of a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide Company in Bhopal, India. According to official estimates, some 15,000 people died that night and in the following months. Doctors say many who were exposed to the gas will continue to suffer health consequences for the rest of their lives. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bhopal, some survivors have used the compensation they received from the company to start sustainable economic programs.

To air or not to air ...

| Dec 2, 2004
The United Church of Christ says two TV networks are refusing to air its new commercial. CBS says it has a policy of not accepting 'advocacy advertising'. NBC says it rejects ads that deal with public controversy. What is the ad - advocating? That's at the heart of this dispute, as Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.

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