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Screenwriter support systems

Jan 21, 2005
Everyone knows writers can potentially make big money in the movie industry. But that financial incentive doesn't make it easier to write a good script. Let alone sell one. Now, a cottage industry has developed to support the struggling screenwriter. Marketplace's own Jeff Tyler put some of those services to use, as he tries to break into the business.

Doing Business - under fire

Jan 21, 2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon holds his cabinet meeting this Sunday in the small southern city of Sderot. That's significant because Sderot is right next to Gaza, which has been attacked repeatedly by the militant Islamic group hamas. In four years, rockets have caused millions of dollars in damage and occasionally, have killed people. Nancy Updike reports from Sderot on the difficulties of doing business, and living, under fire.

The Job Files: Weatherman

Jan 21, 2005
And now for the latest installment of the Job Files: this week, a man for all seasons. This installment was produced by Ashley Milne-Tyte.

Better Homes, Chinese style

Jan 20, 2005
Quick: think of a magazine devoted to domesticity with a mainstream, middle-America sense of style. Better Homes and Gardens, perhaps? For more than one hundred years it's been published in Iowa. Apparently they've decided to expand their reach just a little bit. From WOI radio in Des Moines, Joyce Russell reports.

The baby business

Jan 20, 2005
Thousands of children in South Asia lost parents in the tsunami. And in the U.S. thousands of would-be parents have been phoning adoption hotlines. All the interest in overseas adoptions comes despite an abundance of African American children looking for homes. From Marketplace's Work and Family Desk, Hillary Wicai reports adoption experts have noticed a trend.

Finances and the Ford Motor Company

Jan 20, 2005
You like those American cars? The Motor City wishes there were more who did. Today Ford reported its market share slipped again last year. And yet the company still turned a profit - $850 million. The bulk of that money doesn't come from car sales but from its finance arm. Really? Even with all those zero percent incentives? Paul Eisenstine is a longtime auto journalist, and explains how the finance division makes money.

A later license to drive ...

Jan 20, 2005
The youngest Americans eligible to drive - don't. Check out the latest government statistics. Of all 16 and 17 year olds in the United States, only 43 percent have a driver's license. In California the figure is even smaller, about 27 percent. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports on why some teens don't seem to be in much of a hurry to step on the gas.

An expensive party

Jan 20, 2005
In Washington, this morning, thousands of uniformed officers are on duty and one hundred blocks of downtown D.C. are cordoned off. It's all part of today's inaugural festivities for President Bush. By all accounts, this will be the costliest and most secure inauguration ever. But who will get stuck with that security bill? Marketplace's Hillary Wicai has some answers.

Inaugural fashion

Jan 20, 2005
Who's she wearing? Who's she wearing? That's the question on every fashionista's lips today - and they're not talking about Julia Roberts or Hallie Berry. They're all waiting to see what Laura Bush wears to tonight's inaugural balls. We can tell you it's a grey-blue floor-length number from Oscar de la Renta. We turned to Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan for her take on what the inaugural means to the fashion industry...

Consumer savings

Jan 20, 2005
The government constantly urges us as Americans to save more money. But Marketplace's money expert Chris Farrell thinks those pleas are a bit overrated. He joins host Kai Ryssdal to explain why.

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