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Disney is still the happiest place on earth

Aug 9, 2005
A Delaware judge ruled this afternoon the Walt Disney company and its board did nothing wrong when they gave former company President Michael Ovtiz $140 million to go away. Shareholders claimed that chairman Michael Eisner and the Disney board of directors weren't looking out for their investors as the law requires. But that's not the way the judge saw it. Jeff Tyler reports.

Fighting for the right to peek

Aug 9, 2005
More than half of the publicly-traded companies in this country make their corporate homes in the state of Delaware; it's one of the few that let businesses incorporate without actually being there. The documents are in Delaware, but only Delaware-ians can see 'em — for now. From WHYY, Aries Keck reports.

A fine looking economics book

Aug 9, 2005
William Goetzmann is a professor of finance at Yale, which is home to a collection of economic antiques. He and his colleagues have just published what may be a first: a coffee-table book for economists. He talks to host Kai Ryssdal.

Copper in Swaziland

Aug 9, 2005
Most of the world's phone lines are still made of good old copper wire. In southern Africa, copper is relatively cheap, easy to work with. And in the roadside markets of Swaziland — it's mostly stolen. Megan Williams reports.

iTunes looks forward

Aug 9, 2005
Apple launched its iTunes music service in Japan late last week. Just a couple of days later, it's sold a million songs. What's next? Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

Making way for real estate

Aug 9, 2005
In many older neighborhoods, there's lots of land but fewer houses than developers would like. To scrape a few acres together, developers can spend years dickering with individual homeowners. One neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina has come up with a solution — a new deal for high-end developers. Martha Woodroof reports.

Beachfront property — in Gaza

Aug 9, 2005
Israel has a plan to withdraw some Jewish settlers and soldiers from Gaza in the next couple of weeks. Many Palestinians are skeptical it will happen. Investors, on the other hand, are banking on it. Irris Makkler reports.
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The wrong prescription

Aug 8, 2005
Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wants both the Justice Department and the SEC to look into whether doctors are selling insider information about drug trials to Wall Street. David Heath, reporter for the Seattle Times, talks to host Kai Ryssdal.

One for my baby and one more for the road

Aug 8, 2005
The federal highway bill, signed last week, is a 1,700-page monster with a huge price tag of $286 billion. Besides funding bridges and roads, it includes an obscure provision that will repeal an alcohol tax. Hillary Wicai explains.

Floods meet business in Bombay

Aug 8, 2005
India's Mumbai, better known as Bombay, is still picking up the pieces from two weeks of terrible floods. In addition to taking hundreds of lives, the floods have cost Bombay billions of dollars. Indian CEOs say Bombay's reputation as India's financial capital is at stake if the city's doesn't overhaul its infrastructure. Miranda Kennedy has more.

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