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Noney notes -- for that artistic bartering society

Apr 6, 2005
The dollar gained against the Euro and the yen today. Whatever the face value of the money in your wallet, chances are good it'll be worth less - eventually. That's what inflation tends to do to cold hard cash. One could invest in art, for example, but you'd have to part with your cash. Robin Amer reports.

Fox, a baseball deal, and programming for television

Apr 4, 2005
Yankees 9, Red Sox 2. But no word yet on how well Fox television scored with its broadcast of baseball's season opener Sunday. Last week, Fox television lost its top programmer, Gail Berman. She's off to Paramount Pictures to take the number 2 slot. Before she left, one of her biggest challenges was figuring out how to square baseball season with television season. Lisa de Moraes is TV columnist for the Washington Post...

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Age Discrimination

Apr 2, 2005
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Story. This week, Chris applauds a Supreme Court decision on age discrimination. Corporate America take heed.
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Health Care Benefits

Apr 2, 2005
Many health care plans cover more than doctor's visits and prescription drugs. With premiums rising, we think folks should be getting their money's worth. Marketplace's Scott Tong reads the fine print.

Hollywood, Sin City, and creative control

Apr 1, 2005
The big movie this weekend is likely to be Sin City. Not just because it's full of stars, comic book action and graphic violence. But there's how the film was put together. See, it costs so much to make blockbusters, many directors have trouble turning a profit for the studios. Director Robert Rodriguez likes his movies to be different. From KUT in Austin, Julie Moody reports.

Lava lamp. A really big lava lamp ...

Apr 1, 2005
Paris has the Eiffel Tower. St. Louis has the Arch. And about 150 miles east of Seattle's Space Needle, boosters in a forlorn rural town are pinning their hopes on the arrival of a giant lava lamp. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Soap Lake, Washington.

The Job Files

Apr 1, 2005
Time once again for the Job Files. Today - the auto "detailer." This edition was produced by Laurie Selik.

From the Money Matters Desk: MBA Worth

Mar 26, 2005
Eighty-two thousand dollars. That's the average salary for 2004 MBAs. But before you enroll in a program, you might want to check out the tuition. Going to a top business school might set you back $35,000 a year. It makes you wonder... is the MBA degree worth it? On this week's Money Matters... our regular look at improving your bottom line... we do the math for you.

Mortgage Fraud

Mar 26, 2005
This week, rates on the 30-year mortgages topped 6 percent, the highest level since last July. But an expensive mortgage isn't the only thing you need to worry about. Mortgage fraud is on the rise. Joining Kai is Bill Matthews, a mortgage expert. He has tips to avoid mortgage mischief.

Understanding Choices

Mar 26, 2005
The Terri Schiavo right-to-die case dominated the headlines again this week. The legal wrangling has many people talking about what would happen to them if they were incapable of making their own decisions. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli looks at how to make your wishes known.

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