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Oct 22, 2004
There's a grudge match at the box office this weekend. In fact the movie's called "The Grudge." It's a Halloween scare up against the first Christmas offering of the year "Surviving Christmas." It may not be blockbuster season -- but that opening weekend box office number remains *the* Hollywood obsession. For their new book "Open Wide," Variety reporters Dade Hayes and Jonathan Bing analyzed the July 4th weekend of 2003 -- the weekend of Terminator 3 ... Legally Blonde 2 ... and the animated feature Sinbad. Hayes says the obsession lives on.
Oct 16, 2004
You've heard the phrase 'check's in the mail?' Maybe not so much anymore. There's a new banking law going into effect at the end of the month. Starting October 28th, the float...that's the time between when you write a check and when the money leaves your account...it shrinks. Checks will be turned into electronic transactions. So...banks will move cash at the speed of light. Also gone? Stop payment orders.
Oct 15, 2004
Okay fantasy buffs, listen up! Tomorrow is "Worldwide D & D Day", marking 30 years of Dungeons and Dragons. For the uninitiated, D&D is a role-playing game in which you use your imagination - along with multi-sided dice - to find hidden treasure and combat nasty monsters. But as Brian Bull reports, the franchise itself has a history of harrowing adventures.
Oct 9, 2004
Have you gotten that thick booklet from HR yet? Are you using it as a weight to hold down a mounting pile of paperwork? Well - you'd better open it up. Cuz it's open enrollment season. Not a pretty as fall or as cozy and Winter, but during this season you have a chance to change your health care coverage, select a different retirement package, or contribute to a flexible spending account. For some do's and don't, Kai speaks to Dallas Salisbury, the president of the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
Sep 18, 2004
Factoid: Rising premiums for employer-sponsored plans
Sep 18, 2004
Feisty rhetoric and finger pointing…yes, we’re in the midst of a presidential election. Health Care is one issue that’s sure to play a major role in the campaigns. Both Senator Kerry and President Bush have issued their prescription for change. Do their proposals add up? Marketplace reporter Jeff Tyler considers what each has to offer...as well as the economic consequences…
Sep 4, 2004
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 14 years ago this summer to improve the lives and working conditions of people with special needs. But a recent poll showed that disabled Americans are three times more likely than others to live in poverty. Gretchen Cook has our story.
Aug 28, 2004
It's back-to-school season, and college faculty are busily photocopying their trusty syllabi, ready to instill knowledge in another crop of young minds. On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade their time for money -- we audit the first day of classes with a university professor.
Aug 28, 2004
Are drugs cheaper in Canada? Several states want to import prescription drugs from Canada, and some are even considering suing the federal government over the drug import ban. Host Kai Ryssdal gets to the bottom of this issue with health economist, Uwe Reinhardt.
Aug 27, 2004
The number of self-employed Americans gambling on life without health insurance is growing. So we decided to ask if it ever makes financial sense to take a calculated risk and pocket the cost of health insurance premiums? Marketplace reporter Bob Moon has the answer.