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Rain rain go away

Jan 13, 2005
'When are we gonna go back to our houses? We just don't know yet.' That's about all that a sheriff's deputy could tell dozens of his neighbors at a community meeting in La Conchita, California today. The deaths of at least 12 people have been attributed to record rain in Southern California. Though things are drying out here, Marketplace's Scott Jagow reports commerce is soaked.

Tsunami and trade ...

Jan 13, 2005
The head of the World Trade Organization has written a letter to members of the WTO. It reads in part, "although we are not involved in humanitarian assistance or disaster relief, clearly we can make a major contribution to the economies" of those countries affected by the Asian tsunami disaster. What sort of contribution? Thailand would like to see lower tariffs on shrimp, Sri Lanka says it could use lower tariffs on textiles. But tariffs were on the table long before the Indian Ocean tragedy. Marketplace's Scott Tong looks at an expanding definition of aid.

Is Social Security in crisis?

Jan 13, 2005
The President says Social Security is "in crisis." But government actuaries say the picture is far more nuanced than that. Who and what to believe? Host David Brown speaks to financial journalist Roger Lowenstein about when a crisis is really a crisis.

VW, NBC, and a "good thing"

Jan 13, 2005
In the marketing business, it's not uncommon for manufacturers to strike deals with film-makers to drop in their brands. You've seen it: a well-positioned Coke can, a department store logo in the background. It's called product placement. Now, this: A $200 million marketing deal between Volkswagen and NBC Universal. It covers more than just movies, but also TV and theme parks. Good thing for VW? As Marketplace's Amy Scott reports it may be too much of a good thing.

The new, evolving workplace

Jan 13, 2005
The workplace is changing. Government and corporate office space experts say the traditional office where we hang pictures, water plants and make ourselves a second home ... is disappearing. Marketplace's John Dimsdale gives us a glimpse of what the 21st century workplace will look like...

Winning kicks

Jan 13, 2005
Four NFL playoff games are scheduled to kick off this weekend. Whichever teams advance, the league will ultimately be the winner. During a record-setting regular season, the NFL scored more than $5 billion in revenue. Marketplace commentator David Carter says a lot of the credit goes to the league's business model.

Those emerging markets

Jan 13, 2005
A lot of folks are investing in so-called emerging markets these days. But just how smart of a move is it to put your hard-earned money into one of these developing countries? Host Kai Ryssdal gets Marketplace's money guru Chris Farrell to size things up.

The power of the food pyramid

Jan 12, 2005
In hopes of encouraging people to eat right, the Department of Agriculture created a food pyramid. Well, today, the guidelines for building such a pyramid were updated for the first time in 10 years. What we're seeing today - the guidelines - are the result of months of comment for the public at large, from expert nutritionists... and from more than a few lobbyists from the food industry. From our Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports on the power of the pyramid.

Even faster - fast food?

Jan 12, 2005
While we're waiting for them to decide what to with that pyramid, let's eat. Considering how long you have to wait in line at some of these places, they might just have a decision. Not to complain, but isn't fast food supposed to be fast? Now some McDonald's restaurants in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri are trying a system that's supposed to get people back on the road more quickly. From KUNC in Greeley, Colorado, Nancy Greenlease reports.

The secret life of file-sharing

Jan 12, 2005
It's hard to imagine you haven't heard something by now about file-swapping. As the story is often told, music and movie files are swapped by computer users over peer to peer networks: Kazaa, LimeWire, Morpheus... But in fact this view of file-swapping--'you have something I want, I have something you want' - is misleading. In the latest edition of Wired Magazine, writer Jeff Howe explains that the vast majority of files being traded on the web - illegally - originate on one of about 30 super secretive servers.

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