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Interview with Wall Street analyst Emanuel Derman

May 25, 2005
He started off as a nuclear physicist. But these days, he works as an analyst on Wall Street. A huge career switch? Maybe not. Emanuel Derman has found some interesting relationships between physics and finance. And he joins host Kai Ryssdal to talk about them.

The Undocumented War - Part 2

May 24, 2005
Every year, nearly a half million people cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Most end up in California, Texas and Arizona. The Southwestern states want Congress to control the border. To make a statement, some volunteer vigilante patrols, known as the Minutemen, recently staked out a stretch in Arizona. For a while, crossings virtually stopped. But in the second part of Marketplace's series, Undocumented War, reporter Scott Carrier finds the flow of immigrants sometimes shifts, but it doesn't stop.
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Indonesian president visits the U.S.

May 24, 2005
Indonesia's first directly elected president meets with President Bush in Washington tomorrow. He's expected to thank the U.S. for its tsunami relief efforts, and to press the Administration for better military and trade relations. But he has another agenda. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
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Mercury and the environment

May 24, 2005
Federal, state, and local officials are meeting in Maine today to talk about ways to reduce mercury levels in the environment. There has been a flurry of lawsuits from states and environmental groups over new federal regulations about mercury emissions from power plants. But a major source of mercury pollution has been largely ignored. William Kistner of Marketplace and American Radio Works has this report.

Insuring adventure travel

May 24, 2005
If you're making plans for Memorial Day weekend, or summer vacation, why not be adventurous? Adventure travel, such as whitewater rafting, is more popular than ever. But as Deborah Weisberg reports, those in the business of guiding such adventures have hit some rough waters with insurance.

All marketers are liars

May 23, 2005
Ever wonder who declared granola to be healthy? Do you believe that there's a person named Betty Crocker? What explains an $80,000 SUV? What justifies a $125 pair of sneakers? According to a new book, we buy what we buy because we believe in 'the story'.

The Undocumented War

May 23, 2005
This year, roughly a half million illegal immigrants -- mostly from Mexico -- will cross into the U.S. They will join 11 million illegal immigrants already here. Most are looking for work. Of course that's only part of the story. There's also the drain on local resources and concerns about homeland security. You may have heard some of the arguments. But few truly know what's its like to be on the front lines of what increasingly looks like an 'undocumented war'. That's what's we're calling our special series this week, prepared by veteran journalist Scott Carrier. On a moonless night in Arizona last June, Scott met up with the author of more than a dozen books and several award-winning articles about the border. His name is Charles Bowden...
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Soweto wireless

May 23, 2005
Countries without the benefit of a huge phone line infrastructure or fiber optic systems are still finding ways to get online. And it's making a difference for the people who live there. Reporter Gretchen Wilson explains how a low-cost wireless Internet network launched in South Africa may wind up creating new economic opportunities for the country.
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Latino lattes

May 20, 2005
Anywhere these days that you CAN'T get a venti half-caf non-fat no-foam no-whip caramel latte? Not for all the tea in China. Really. In fact Starbucks announced today that it's counting on the land of the leaf to eventually become its second-biggest market after this country. Right now the chain has 120 stores there. Coffee houses world-'round have tried to replicate Starbucks' success. Hasn't happened yet. But in Phoenix some entrepreneurs are banking on a hybrid: Start with a traditional Mexican bakery called a panaderia... Abigail Beshkin has the rest.
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Gaza cesspool

May 20, 2005
As Israel prepares to pull out of Gaza this summer, Palestinians are hoping international donors will step in to help them get back on their feet. Millions of dollars stayed in coffers during the last four years of conflict. That's money that could go toward things like revamping the electrical grid and building a desalination plant. But before greenlighting those projects, some donors have posed a challenge to the Palestinians and Israelis. Work together to fix a particularly odiferous problem, and then get back to us. From Gaza, Nancy Updike has the story.
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