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'Toons from the Big Apple

Nov 15, 2004
A book came through our door the other day, and this one got more attention than most - it's probably safe to say. That's because it's a book of cartoons. And we like cartoons. The book is "The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker". All 68,647 of them. Host David Brown talks to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff about 80 years worth of cartoons poking fun of business.

Tax Code Reform

Nov 14, 2004
Cha-Cha-Changes…tax reform is on President Bush's second term agenda. What might those reforms be? Reporter Bob Moon finds how those proposed changes might change your bottom-line.

Hollywood, movies, and the 21st century ...

Nov 12, 2004
Now for more proof that globalization affects everything. Hollywood and the typical American movie have forever changed - because their market is no longer limited to a domestic audience. Host David Brown talks to New York Times Magazine writer Lynn Hirschberg about why there won't be any more Casablanca's...

Pocketbook Politics

Oct 30, 2004
You may like one presidential candidate over another. But do you know who's better for your wallet? Business Week’s Amey Stone offers a voter’s guide to the big domestic issues: jobs, taxes, oil, and health care.
Posted In: Jobs

Saving the starving artist

Oct 26, 2004
Earning a living as an artist is a dicey proposition. A starving artist's life may sound romantic, but it's a lot less appealing when you turn 50 or 60. Most don't have pensions to provide for them in their old age. But that's starting to change. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports on an innovative pension program for artists in Los Angeles. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bowling for (bigger) money

Oct 25, 2004
You're all probably on pins and needles waiting for the start of the Miller High Life Masters of Bowling tournament, which gets underway on Wednesday. Tom McNichol writes for Wired magazine, and says the founder of Real Networks, and some pals from Microsoft, have purchased the Professional Bowlers Association. And they're out to do for the PBA what Bill Gates did for software. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mailbag for October 24, 2004

Oct 24, 2004
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on doing a bond ladder, investing in an equity index annuity, paying for a new roof, and going back to school.
Posted In: Investing

Spitzer's Newest Crusade

Oct 24, 2004
The giants in the insurance world received a wake-up call from New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer. He's already gone after the mutual fund industry and the investment banks. Now Spitzer has turned his attention to bid rigging in the insurance industry. Is this the start of new regulations? Kai finds out from Dreyfus Neenan, an analyst Morningstar.

Obsessing on Hollywood

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.

Look Ahead

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 shrinks. Checks will be turned into electronic transactions. So...banks will move cash at the speed of light. Also gone? Stop payment orders.