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Leadership and the European Union

Jan 14, 2005
The U.S. has generally set the rules and standards for businesses worldwide. But that may be changing. Next week, the European Parliament begins hearings on new safety measures for chemical companies. The companies would be required to safety-test products they've been making for years.... if they want to sell them in Europe. Marketplace's European bureau chief Stephen Beard reports.

The Mind ... at Work

Jan 14, 2005
In our culture, we often find ourselves conditioned to think that blue collar work doesn't require as much brain power as white collar jobs. But author Michael Rose's new book takes those stereotypes to task. He tells host Kai Ryssdal how he came to look at intelligence in a much broader sense.

Award season is underway ... again

Jan 14, 2005
The red carpet season gets underway in Hollywood this Sunday. The best of last year's TV and movies will get their time in the spotlight at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. And industry insiders won't be the only ones paying attention... says entertainment commentator Michael Speier.

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.

Brussels Clout - transnational regulations on the rise

Jan 13, 2005
Commentator Mark Shapiro says this kind of transnational regulation is about to become a lot more common. He is the Editorial Director for the Center for Investigative Reporting - and author of "New Power for Old Europe", which appeared in the December issue of 'The Nation'.

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.

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