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Faith in forecasting?

Mar 3, 2005
The outlooks for Social Security and other government programs are based on a variety of economic projections. But are these long-range forecasts worth the paper they're written on? Host Kai Ryssdal gets some insight from Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell about these numbers and how much faith we should put in them.

Pushing reform in the Middle East

Mar 2, 2005
Today the protests continued in Lebanon. Locals call it the "Syria Out" campaign. Lebanese activists have taken to the streets demanding that Syria pull out its troops. President Bush today issued a similar demand to Syria. A more complicated question for the U.S. may be how to capitalize on this momentum. How to encourage democratic reform in the Mideast. In the new issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, an idea. Use money. Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations is the author of "The Right Way to Promote Arab Reform".

Sidewalk rage?

Mar 2, 2005
We've had our fair share of rain in Los Angeles... we might even break a hundred year record soon. But you know, having lived in Boston, my heart really goes out to you back East. There has been so much snow in Beantown, the schools have used up all their allotted snow days. Try commuting in that stuff, too. There's good reason Boston drivers get such a bad rap. But Boston Commuter Beth Teitell wishes they'd keep the rage... on the road.

Investigating insurance

Mar 2, 2005
More bad news today for the insurance industry. There's word the New York Attorney General and the SEC are expanding an investigation. They want to know whether major insurers are using complex offshore deals to manipulate their earnings. Once again a familiar name is involved: AIG. It's this country's largest insurer and one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world. As Marketplace's Amy Scott reports, that may help explain why a series of scandals has barely left a dent in the company... so far.

India goes with part-time

Mar 2, 2005
Offshoring's here to stay, or so goes the conventional wisdom. A new report from the Conference Board offers some unconventional advice. About half of all offshoring operations are destined to fall flat, or worse. The report warns American corporations to think through hidden costs. Communications. Regulatory concerns. And yes, even social responsibility. Brand image can take a beating if companies aren't careful. Offshoring is having a profound effect on some of the Asian countries where new jobs are being created. You might call it "the Domino's effect." Youth Radio's Nishat Kurwa prepared our story.

Spy story

Mar 2, 2005
Today a ruling from the high court that may affect your relationship with your employer. If you're hired as a spy for the U.S. government, that is. The justices say two former spies cannot sue the CIA for reneging on a promise of lifetime support. The ruling reads like a cross between a Stephen Ambrose history and a Tom Clancy thriller. Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.

An educational warning shot

Mar 2, 2005
Public high schools are in trouble. That warning came from the nation's governors during their National Education Summit this past weekend. Of every 100 high schoolers, only 68 graduate on time. And far too many drop out altogether. The governors say only drastic change will keep millions of students from falling short. But are they ready to do something about it? In this edition of The Public's Business, Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says if they are, he has a solution.

Marketing medicine ...

Mar 2, 2005
The adverse side effects and recall of blockbuster pharmaceuticals likeVioxx are grabbing headlines. Yet some doctors contend that the real issuegoes deeper. For every FDA-approved drug withdrawn from patient circulationbelatedly, after adverse side effects surface, there are many more new drugswaiting in the wings. Some are extraordinary. Others may not be pioneering in anything but their marketing campaigns. The question is how to tell the difference. Pamela Renner reports on calls for change coming from within themedical profession.

Debating bankruptcy reform

Mar 1, 2005
The Senate is debating a bill on bankruptcy reform this week, that would make it tougher for consumers to cancel their debts. Commentator University of Pennsylvania law professor David Skeel thinks the reforms should extend to corporate bankruptcies, too.

The elders speak

Mar 1, 2005
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to reform the Palestinian political structure. But what about the judicial system? From Ramallah, Nancy Updike reports on disorder in the courts.

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