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Marketing Social Security

Jan 31, 2005
Commentator Adam Hanft talks about how Republicans will advertise the Bush Administration's reforms for Social Security. Among their strategies: use plain talk... acknowledge risks... but keep the numbers small.

Your genes in a box

Jan 31, 2005
Today, it's theoretically possible to put your entire genetic code on a CD. But doing anything with the data is pretty hypothetical. Now, some companies are starting to offer genetic tests directly to consumers, as futurist Andrew Zolli tells host David Brown.

Gangster casting

Jan 31, 2005
What do you do when you are a casting director and you need an authentic look for a criminal? Robin Urevich reports on a Los Angeles casting agency that's making it big with a roster of ex-cons.

"The Sloan Sessions": The Super Bowl

Jan 31, 2005
What does the Super Bowl have in common with corporate mergers? Quite a bit, actually. Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan compares their strategies with host Kai Ryssdal in this edition of The Sloan Sessions.

Fresh direct

Jan 31, 2005
Internet businesses not only change how we shop, but where we choose to live. In some neighborhoods, one online store is having so much of an impact that it's boosting real estate prices. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

Cathy ties the knot

Jan 31, 2005
After 28 years of blind dates and dealing with boyfriends, the comic strip character Cathy is finally getting married this weekend. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite talks with Marketplace host Cheryl Glaser about her job, the sources of her inspiration, and what it's been like to be one of the first women in her profession.

The week that was... on Wall Street

Jan 28, 2005
Friday means that Marketplace host David Brown catches up with Dallas stockbroker and analyst David Johnson about the week on Wall Street, and what you might expect to see next week.

Mexico, and travel warnings

Jan 28, 2005
Condoleeza Rice faced a lot of flak over Iraq during her confirmation hearing. Now sworn in as Secretary of State, her first challenge comes considerably closer to home. Earlier this week the State Department issued a statement warning tourists to beware visiting the busiest border in the world. And that has businesses both here in the states and in Mexico worried. From our bureau at WLRN, Marketplace Americas correspondent Dan Grech explains.

Bravery in Iraq

Jan 28, 2005
Bradley fighting vehicles rumbled through neighborhoods in Iraq today, combining security sweeps with a get-out-the-vote effort. Iraqis go to the polls this weekend for the country's first multi-party election in 50 years. Islamic militants have threatened to kill anybody who casts a ballot. They've also targeted polling places. To vote in Iraq would seem to be an act of courage. But to help organize the voting process--one might almost call it an act of defiance... or even folly. Marketplace's Baghdad correspondent Borzou Daragahi wanted to meet one of these poll organizers.

Dealing in Davos

Jan 28, 2005
If you've been paying attention this week, you may have heard me mention "Davos" several times. For the record, Davos is a mountaintop resort in Switzerland. As we've been using it here, however, it's a shorthand for a meeting of movers and shakers that takes place at Davos every year. Our invitations were apparently lost in the mail, but that's okay. Financial Times columnist Amity Shlaes is there and she knows her way around...

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